John Allan was a prosperous tobacco exporter, so he was able to send Poe to the best boarding schools and later to the University of Virginia. Poe excelled academically throughout all of his schooling. When he grew up, he married his cousin Virginia who later died from tuberculosis in 1847. After this, Poe’s depression and alcoholism worsened. On October 3, 1849, he was found in a state of semi-consciousness and died four days later.
Narrated by 29 year old Midwesterner Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby took place in Long Island and New York City during the roaring 1920’s. Nick was on a business venture from Chicago when he got the opportunity to reconnect with his cousin Daisy, eventually leading him to move and stay in New York. Nick’s new neighbor, Jay Gatsby, has had an obsession with Daisy since the day he met her as an Army officer stationed in Louisville right before the start of World War I. As time passed, the plot continued to become more complex and a truly great novel that represents everything Americans want to be and can be. Educator and NPR book critic Maureen Corregan stated that, ¨Gatsby´s magic emanates not only from its powerhouse poetic style - in
Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835 in Scotland and died August 11, 1919 in Massachusetts. He was an American industrialist who led the expansion of the steel industry. During Carnegie’s childhood, an economic downturn resulted in his family moving to Pennsylvania. At age 14, Carnegie became a messenger in a telegraph office, where he eventually became the secretary and telegrapher of Thomas Scott, a superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. In 1859, he rose above Scott as superintendent of the railroad’s Pittsburgh division.
In the Great Gatsby, the main character Nick Carraway moves to one of the most energetic cities anyone could go to – New York City. It was time for a new start for him, job wise as he later became involved in the bonds. The class structures were very distinguished during and after the war. The hardest time for the classes were after the war. In the novel, Nick was very knowing of what class he was in because he spent a lot of his time with the upper class even though he was in the middle class.
The Temple of Music was Claus Spreckels’ most expensive gift to his adopted hometown of San Francisco. It was a concession to his son, Adolph B. Spreckels, who served very successfully as a park commissioner and who enlisted many members of his class to improve the Golden Gate Park. The document provides a good sense of the bourgeois male club culture of the era. It also gives insights into the German-American network in San Francisco: Now only was Frederick W. Dohrmann (1842-1914) a successful, first-generation, German-American crockery merchant, and, from 1896, the owner of California’s first department store, the Emporium, he was also a driving force of the German Benevolent Society, the German Altenheim, and served as a park commissioner.
He was paid a low wage of $1.20 per week. Carnegie slowly moved his way up with jobs and soon he got a job in a sleeping car company. This led to Carnegie’s early success in the railroad business. During the Civil War, Carnegie invested in oil, worked in transportation for the U.S. War Department and became interested in the steel and iron business. When the Civil War ended, he focused more on the steel business and decided to pursue a career in the
The Volunteer Frenchman and His Poetry Alan Seeger, son of Charles Louis Seeger, was born in New York City on June 22, 1888. His father was a wealthy businessman, therefore Seeger had a wealthy upbringing allowing him to attend expensive boarding schools such as the Staten Island Academy and Horace Mann school in Manhattan up until he turned twelve, then his family moved to New Mexico. After some time, Seeger and his brother moved back to New York City to attend Hackley School (“Alan Seeger”). After graduation, Seeger attended Harvard University alongside T.S. Eliot.
He addresses the losses the people have to endure, "When we are devoting our energies to economic recovery and stability, when we are asking Reservists to leave their homes and families for months on end… at a time when restraint and sacrifices are being asked of every American", all while the steel companies profit off the people in this dark hour. President Kennedy finds this disgusting and calls for steel companies to take action. He asks them to think about the families they’re stealing from and how they could use the money elsewhere. He asks for them to think about the war and how they don’t need to make a steel monopoly off of the men that lose their lives on the battlefield. He asks them about America as a whole, and why they would think about profiting off the people as a whole in a time of
In 1881, he was elected to the New York State Assembly, at the age of twenty-three. Roosevelt was conservative, but also known to be a reformer. Roosevelt 's father also significantly influenced him. His father was a prominent businessman and well respected leader in New York 's cultural circles, and helped found the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Roosevelt Jr. said, “My father, Theodore Roosevelt, was the best man I ever knew.
The Exaggeration in Daisy Miller Henry James is an American writer who “born at Washington Place in New York City” (Edel,1999, P.1). He has a good education and grew up in a cultured family. “His father is the businessman and the theologian Henry James Sr, and his brother is the philosopher William James” (Edel,1999, P.2). Although he stayed most of his life in Europe under the norms of English society, he usually presents American heroine/hero in his stories like the American and Madame de Mauves. Daisy Miller is his most popular work, the novella brought fame to James.
Many people during the 18th century had a different point of view of America, having their own ‘American Dream’. Many were determined to see America on their own terms, and took action to make it a reality. However, three men--Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Bell, and Jonathan Edwards--our first “historians”--had different goals and different lives. Benjamin Franklin, a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor and diplomat, was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1708. He spent most of his life working and owning a flourishing printing business, which made him known as one of the richest people in the northern colonies by the age of 42.