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'The Men Who Built America' chronicles the connections between these iconic businessmen and explores the way they shaped the country, transforming the U.S. into a global superpower in just 50 years.
He was a self-made multi-millionaire who became one of the wealthiest Americans of the 19th century.
Before his death in 1919, steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie helped fund the creation of some 2,800 libraries across the world.
The Standard Oil magnate spent his whole life trying to bury the story of his dad's dirty deeds.
During this era, America became more prosperous and saw unprecedented growth in industry and technology, along with corruption and greed.
Vast corporate wealth and a fee-based governance structure fueled widespread corruption during America's Gilded Age.
The labor movement led efforts to stop child labor, give health benefits and provide aid to workers who were injured or retired.
President Teddy Roosevelt, a die-hard football fan, saved the sport from collapse and helped reshape the rules to create the game we know today.