The Men Who Built America

A New Rival Emerges

Series 1 - Episode 5 A New Rival Emerges



JP Morgan comes into the frame in the latest edition of this superb docudrama series. A banker who’d made a fortune from consolidating ailing businesses, he fancied the idea of taking a punt himself, building a business from the ground up, but he needed to invest in an innovation he could call his own. Enter Thomas Edison, his light bulb and the electricity that powered it. Soon they’d lit up half Manhattan, but faced competition from an unexpected quarter.


JP Morgan opens a bank in New York and invests in Thomas Edison's new electric lighting technology, while Rockefeller and Carnegie continue to battle it out.