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America: The Story of the US

America: The Story of the US is a twelve-part documentary series, telling the extraordinary story of how America was invented. The program portrays more than 400 years of American history (with emphasis on how American creation of new technologies has had effects on the nation's history and, by implication, the world). It spans time from the successful English settlement of Jamestown beginning in 1607, through to the present day. Narrated by Liev Schreiber (Danny Webb for the international version), the series recreates many historical events by using actors dressed in the style of the period and computer-generated special effects.

Episode 01 - Rebels
This is the story of how, over seven generations, a group of European settlers survive against all odds, claw themselves up and then turn against their colonial masters.

Episode 02 - Revolution
George Washington's army is near defeat, but new weapons and battle tactics turn the tide. The colonies declare independence from the British.

Episode 03 - Westward
As the American nation is born, a vast continent lies to the west of the mountains, waiting to be explored and exploited. Yet this land is not empty.

Episode 04 - Division
Commerce and industry thrive across the new nation, now one of the wealthiest in the world. The Erie Canal brings big risk and bigger reward.

Episode 05 - Civil War
The American Civil War rages. The formidable Confederate army cannot match the Union's mastery of technology.

Episode 06 - Heartland
The Transcontinental Railroad unites the nation and transforms the American Heartland. Native American civilizations decline as farmers settle the continent.

Episode 07 - Cities
Between 1880 and 1930, nearly 24 million new immigrants arrive in America. Many go to work building a new frontier: the modern city, one of America's greatest inventions.

Episode 08 - Boom
America strikes oil and the boom time begins. Henry Ford brings the motorcar to the masses and the nation hits the road. Massive engineering projects modernize the American West.

Episode 09 - Bust
Boom turns to bust when the stock market crashes. The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl blanket the nation in darkness. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal signals recovery.

Episode 10 - World War II
The attack on Pearl Harbor brings America into World War II. The war effort revitalizes the nation's economy. American innovation and manufacturing invigorate the Allies in Europe and in the Pacific.

Episode 11 - Superpower
America becomes a global superpower; technology fuels a boom in the economy and the population. American pioneers conquer new frontiers, from the jet age to the space age.

Episode 12 - Millennium
America booms in both population and prosperity. The "baby boomers" become the next generation to reinvent the country. Powerful new technologies sweep the nation.


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