America has long been a breeding ground for creativity and invention. In fact, famous Americans are credited with some of the most influential inventions in history, including the steamboat, and the light bulb. Based on the book by Harold Evans, THEY MADE AMERICA: REBELS, REVOLUTIONARIES, NEWCOMERS, AND GAMBLERS explores the way America's political, social, and economic systems contribute shape acts of invention. For example, how do environmental factors influence creativity' The film goes on to profile a large range of American inventors, examining everything from the startup of Pan Am airlines to the idea behind the Maidenform Bra. Whether they're rebels, revolutionaries, newcomers, or gamblers, these men and women have each influenced the world.