The HISTORY Channel’s ‘The Machines That Built America’ Is Airing This Weekend

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If you’re on the hunt for a new show (or a few) to dive into, The History Channel has a compelling lineup with its growing “That Built” franchise, which details how many successful brands and products came into being. It’s already had a lot of success with its The Food That Built America and The Cars That Built the World series.

Next up is The Machines That Built America, which will be an 8-part series on ground-breaking innovations that helped define the American home. You’ll learn about the introduction of radio, telephones, power tools and more. The hook? The series will share the origin stories, often quite contentious or tumultuous, behind many iconic inventors like Alexander Graham Bell and Nikola Tesla and their subsequent inventions that helped develop America into a world superpower.

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Power Tool Pioneers

At the Good Housekeeping Institute, we test all sorts of products, including many featured on the show. In the episode focused on power tools, the show will focus on how brands like Black & Decker Milwaukee and DeWalt transformed America from a primarily agrarian society to a technologically-savvy powerhouse. Today’s DIY boom is directly attributable to the adoption of mass produced tools that came about thanks to visionaries like Duncan Black and Alonzo Decker. On the market for some new gear yourself? Here, some of our fave power tools:

Home Tech Revolution

And in the home tech focused episode, viewers will hear all about how America transformed during the industrial revolution, in terms of product innovations, women in the workforce and much more. It’s crazy to think it’s not that many generations ago that fridges, dishwashers and washing machines were dreams in a distant future. Now, can you imagine your life without them?! Here, some of the Institute’s fave picks for household appliances:

Ready to get watching? Here’s everything you should know about the series:

  1. You’ll learn a lot about how American mainstays made their way into consumers’ lives, including the power drill and the beloved dishwasher, oftentimes after much resistance or considerable trial and error!
  2. You’ll discover how famous inventors and brands got their start, as well as some of the behind-the-scenes bumps and bruises that they had along their way to eventual success.
  3. The episodes jump back and forth from a combination of dramatic reenactments and archival footage mixed with expert interviews.
  4. There is no host for the series, but you might recognize actor Campbell Scott on voiceover.
  5. While there is no host for the series, there are a bevy of experts providing commentary, ranging from authors, historians and business executives, including Chieh Huang, Co-Founder and CEO of Boxed and Joe Truini, a celebrated author and contributing editor at Hearst Magazine’s Popular Mechanics. Plus, yours truly!
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      You can tune in on Sunday, July 18 at 9 p.m. EST on The History Channel for the two-hour premiere. Each one-hour episode will air live on The History Channel beginning Sunday, July 18. Episodes will be available to stream after their live via the History Channel App and with a cable/streaming provider login on History.com.

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