Virtual documentary discussion takes a look at America’s food titans

Posted on April 9, 2020 at 6:00 am

Documentary "The Food That Built America"
From Season 1, Episode 1 “Lines in the Sand,” of “The Food That Built America” documentary from The History Channel (


You’re invited to watch and discuss the documentary series The Food That Built America from the History Channel on our digital resource hoopla.

Season one of this documentary series explores the stories of “food titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, John and Will Kellogg, C.W. Post and the McDonald brothers.”

From “Before they were brand names, they were brilliant, sometimes ruthless, visionaries who revolutionized food and changed the landscape of America forever. This miniseries event will tell the fascinating stories of the people behind the food that built America – those who used brains, muscle, blood, sweat and tears to get to America’s heart through its stomach, and along the way built cities, invented new technologies and helped win wars.”

Here’s a closer look at each episode.

  • Episode 1, “Lines in the Sand,” synopsis: “In the wake of the Civil War, a revolution is taking place on the backs of visionary entrepreneurs of industry. Before they become brand names, budding innovators like Henry Heinz, John and Will Kellogg, and C.W. Post push the limits.”
  • Episode 2, “Best Served Cold,” synopsis: “At the dawn of the 20th Century, a new breed of innovator rises up to expand American industry and push the limits of new technology. A trailblazer named Milton Hershey bets big on a revolutionary idea.”
  • Episode 3, “The Spoils of War,” synopsis: “As the Great Depression hits, the titans of food push the envelope of innovation to feed a hungry nation. Then WWII sees competing industrial empires joining the war effort in a united front to fuel the forces fighting for freedom abroad.”


Our virtual discussion group talks about these stories of America’s food titans and the household brands we all know. Watch at least one episode of season one of the series, and register to join the online discussion.

Registration is required. When registering, you will need to provide your email in order to receive the Zoom login information.

To participate, you will need a computer with an internet connection and a microphone (either built in or plugged in) or a smartphone.

Virtual Discussion: Documentary “The Food That Built America”
Friday, April 24, 10am–12pm | REGISTER

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