Find out how seven generations of European settlers survived against all odds in the establishment of the original American colonies.
Trailblazing pioneers set out to conquer the west, but find the land already claimed. Wagon trains meet hardship on the road to California's gold. The steamboat ushers in a new era of commerce and unprecedented wealth.
The colonies declare independence, taking on the might of the British Empire. As Washington's army nears defeat, new weapons and battle tactics turn the tide, forging a new nation through revolution.
Commerce and industry thrive across the new nation, now one of the wealthiest on Earth. The Erie Canal brings big risk and bigger reward. In the South, cotton is king, but slavery fuels a growing divide.
The Civil War rages. The formidable Confederate army cannot match the Union's mastery of technology; railroads, supply lines, and the telegram become new weapons in a modern war.
The Transcontinental Railroad unites the nation while settling farmers displace Native American civilizations. Cattle replace wild buffalo and the cowboy becomes a new American icon.
Americans conquer a new frontier in the modern city, with Carnegie's empire of steel as its backbone. Skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty are symbols of the American Dream for millions of immigrants.
America strikes oil and the boom time begins. Henry Ford brings the motorcar to the masses and massive engineering projects modernize the West.
Boom turns to bust when the stock market crashes. The Great Depression and the dust bowl blanket the nation in darkness. Roosevelt's New Deal signals recovery.
The attack on Pearl Harbor brings America into World War II. The war effort revitalizes the nation's economy. American innovation and manufacturing invigorates the Allies. The ultimate piece of technology ends the war.
America becomes a global superpower; the economy and population boom. During the jet age and the space age, pioneers conquer new frontiers.