How We Got Here
Already a successful and canny businessman by the age of 20, John D. Rockefeller sensed that he had to get into the oil business after the Titusville, Pennsylvania oil rush began and as the demand for oil-related products grew.
Rockefeller and the First Oil Rush
A 13-year-old Andrew Carnegie and his family arrived in America poor and in debt, but by the age of 18 the prodigious boy was already on his way to great professional success.
Andrew Carnegie and His Early Rise From Poverty
Adolphus Busch embraces innovations such as pasteurization, refrigeration, and mechanization in his revolutionary efforts to get cold beer to the thirsty masses.
Getting Cold Beer to the Masses Drives Sweeping Innovations
Revelations from the Watergate break-in investigation demonstrate that those in the highest positions of power cannot be trusted, nor can institutions of government that are meant to serve as checks on abuses of power.
Watergate Ushers In an Era of Government Oversight By the People
At the onset of the Civil War and in ensuing battles Clara Barton mobilizes popular support for wounded and poorly equipped Union soldiers and realizes that to be most effective she needs to be on the front lines as well.
The Civil War Springs Clara Barton Into Action
While still in the throes of grief Samuel Morse learns from a fellow passenger on a ship back to the US from Europe about electro magnets, which sparks an idea that would lead to a huge leap in communications.
Samuel Morse's Flash of Genius Born of Grief
With a growing clientele and business, Levi Strauss is given the opportunity to drive his business to the next level through a small but significant innovation.
Levi Strauss Welcomes a Groundbreaking Innovation
Despite the superiority of his groundbreaking revolver, Samuel Colt's business goes bust because of the Panic of 1837. In steps Texas Ranger Sam Walker to set Colt's business back onto the right track.
Sam Walker Puts Samuel Colt Back in Business
Despite being expelled from Harvard, it was there that William Randolph Hearst's interest in journalism and publishing flourished. While not interested in the majority of his father's businesses Hearst did latch onto the San Francisco Examiner.
William Randolph Hearst Gets Expelled from Harvard and Goes to a Newspaper
Much of the tech that Wernher Von Braun and his scientists used to land man on the moon landed in our pockets 50 years later.
Your Everyday Spinoffs from the Space Race
Henry Ford's surprising inspiration for his assembly lines came from meatpacking operations, where workstation came to the workers instead of the opposite.
Henry Ford's Inspiration for Assembly Lines
Adolf Hitler has just died and the Nazi regime is crumbling. Amidst the chaos, the father of the V-2 rocket, Wernher Von Braun, leads a team of colleagues on a daring escape out of Germany and into Cold War history.
Wernher Von Braun Goes From Nazi to Prized Asset