Parents' Guide to

The Men Who Built America

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Some violent images in well-done business tycoon miniseries.

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

You can accomplish anything with hard work! The American Dream is alive!

Very good series! Young people need to learn about these amazing role models and men who changed the world.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 8+

We enjoyed this series very much, with some caviats..

I am weary of The History Channel which tend to sensationalize and have less substance than some others. This one was also narrow in content. However, it brought history to life for my 8 and 11 year olds, who were learning about these tycoons for the first time. They asked to watch it every night. There was some violence.. I remember a gun scene (Pinkertons, Carnegie workers' strike) and another scene of close-range gun shot with graphic imagery of blood splattered. That was a poor choice, in my opinion, but a small part to the whole series. For reference, I gave one star/16+ for violence and sensationalism to "America: The Story of US" (by History). I now choose to generally stay away from films by History.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (5 ):

The series highlights the key people who pursued post-Civil War financial investments in infrastructures like the transcontinental railroads, oil pipelines, and automobile manufacturing, while finding innovative ways to make them more lucrative. It also underscores the significant role these individuals have had on America's corporate and social world, despite the fact that some of their names have become synonymous with greed and corruption in today's mainstream media.

Despite the fact that women and individuals from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds are missing from series' conversations, there is still a lot to be learned here. It offers an interesting chance of to gain a basic understanding of how America's current business landscape got its start, and why it is the way it is today. No doubt that history and business buffs will find it a worthy viewing choice.

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