In the History Channel’s new series The Men Who Built America, the popular purveyors of American mythology chronicle the life of steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie. Correctly accounting for Carnegie’s bridge building accomplishments, his being ahead of the curve on America’s late 19th Century urbanization and need for high rise housing using Carnegie steel the program stalls in telling the story of the standoff between Carnegie’s brutal manager, Henry Fricke, and the unions. "Stalls"... is according to some critics, a meek description for what they say is a program that tumbles headlong into a timely, but monumental historical error.
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"Entertain, engage and enlighten. Well, two out of three gives them a C- or D+ average," said Miller. "Not a very good average for a keeper of the corporate American myth that owes its union to the 600,000 American boys, North and South, many of whose brothers and sons worked in Carnegie steel mills and could not afford to pay someone else to do battle for them...kind of like George Walker Bush did in the National Guard. Remember that America was built on the backs of the steerage passengers like the ones in the belly of the Titanic whose simpler life was entrusted to the great, brilliant, titan-like builders and planners up in the high and dry main salon where caviar and champagne flowed freely....for a while!" Miller explained.
"'The Men Who Built America? All by themselves? Really? Oops!" said Miller.