Thomas Burns' Rogues Gallery
02:43 — Thomas Burns created the first national crime registry in 1890 using mug shots to bring New York criminals to justice.
Sneak Peek
05:02 — America The Story of Us is an epic 12-hour television event that tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented.
Transcontinental Railroad
03:27 — Find out how the transcontinental railroad transformed America into one nation.
JFK: A New Generation
John F. Kennedy's progressive agenda during the 1960s inspired a new generation of optimism in America.
D-Day Invasion
On June 6, 1944, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and turned the tides of World War II.
Thomas Edison
02:51 — Thomas Edison's most famous invention, the lightbulb, paved the way for modern life.
America Divided
America is at the brink of a Civil War as cotton spreads west and threatens to expand slavery into new territories.
Dust Storms Strike America
02:48 — Families were driven out of the once fertile great plains by massive dust clouds--one that rose to 10,000 feet and reached as far as New York City.
The Great Communicator
04:18 — Ronald Reagan galvanized the American public through his famous speeches that helped redefine American politics in the 1980s.
Henry Ford and the Model T
03:18 — Find out how Henry Ford's Model T revolutionized transportation in America.
The Donner Party
04:25 — Western migration through uncharted regions strands a wagon train in the Sierra Mountains leaving little choice for survival.
The Brooklyn Bridge
03:08 — Linking the borough of Brooklyn with Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge stands as a marvel of engineering.
Black Gold
02:41 — Spindletop, an east Texas oil Field, produced 80,000 barrels a day and changed the country and oil production forever.
FDR: A Voice of Hope
04:06 — Elected in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was a reassuring presence for many Americans through the trials of the Great Depression.
Jacob Riis
02:07 — Learn how photographer Jacob Riis changed the lives of New York Citiy's poor by exposing how they were forced to live.
Andrew Carnegie
02:11 — Meet Andrew Carnegie and find out how the wealthiest man of his day ended up giving away his vast fortune.
The Great Depression
03:37 — Discover how one of the darkest economic times in American history helped the nation reinvent itself.
Hoover Dam
04:09 — Built during the Great Depression, Hoover Dam was a marvel of engineering and labor.
George Washington
How did George Washington turn a rag-tag group of men into a disciplined fighting machine?
John Brown
04:34 — John Brown's failed attempt to loot the armory at Harper's Ferry sparks the beginning of abolition.
The Statue of Liberty
03:12 — What do the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty have in common?
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Born a slave, Harriett Tubman became a famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, leading hundreds of slaves to freedom.
03:00 — The British were forced to surrender 2 days after patriot soldiers captured the fort at Yorktown in 1781.
American Buffalo
02:52 — The construction of the railroad led to the near-extinction of the buffalo, which had sustained native populations for centuries.
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  • Premiered: April 25, 2010
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  • Premise: A history of America that not only recalls crucial events, but also examines technological achievements and the environment. (more)

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