Also, if you look at today’s society there is no over using that term the people in the 19th century were not use to people having great wealth and being over these big corporations, well we are. Robber Barons were seen as the portrayal of these big businessmen, as a warlike bandits, cheating and plundering their way to millions. It was any man with wealth over a big corporation that was considered a Robber Baron. But, that is not was a Robber Baron is! A Robber Baron is a ruthlessly powerful U.S. capitalist or industrialist considered to have become wealthy by exploiting natural resources, corrupting legislators, or other unethical means.
People who were once ridiculed for their poverty were now fairly prosperous owning their own land but still found themselves inactive members of politics. They began to realize that the government was mostly controlled by the wealthy and mostly benefitted them. The 1824 presidential election results proved their sentiments even more because even though the War Hero of the West Andrew Jackson had the most electoral votes, the wealthy New Englander John Quincy Adams became President. When the next election came, the
The American Dream for non-whited in American during the early 1900’s was non existant. Fritzagerald shows through his characters the distortion entitlement and greed of their American Dream. This is shown when Gatsby says “I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford because all many ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition.” Gatsby was not born wealth but was able to gain the money. Gatsby had a great amount of wealth but was still unhappy, what he desired was love.
Cornelius Vanderbilt, also famously known as ‘Commodore Vanderbilt’ was one of the richest men in America. He was born on May 27, 1794 on Staten Island, New York. He was brought up in a poor family including a tragic death in his family. At age eleven he dropped out of school and started working on boats which, brought about an interest in the shipping industry. Then at age sixteen he bought his very first ferry with a one hundred dollar loan.
Really, the only people who favored the robber barons were the government to expand the U.S. Coal mines would often only take a worker if he agreed to bring his son with him. Of course, the work was very dangerous, pay was minimal, and conditions were horrific. The scrawny boys were about the age of twelve and had a forever-present coat of coal on them from head to toe (Doc G). Because of this, they were enemy to farmers and industrial workers alike. In conclusion, these elite businessmen were ruthless, powerful leaders better defined as robber barons than captains of industry.
Chosen by Roosevelt, Taft easily proceeded to the office as the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He was an enthusiastic lawyer, but not as prominent as other great presidents. His legislation like Payne-Aldrich Tariff did little change to the society. However, he made a brilliant decision in his administration, passing the Mann Act which “a man who ‘ships’ a women across the lines of a state—making it ‘interstate commerce’ —for immoral purpose is guilty of felony” (The Evening Telegram 7). This act reflected another field of reform during the Progressive Era.
“John Quincy Adams had approached the presidency with several political responsibilities. John Quincy had failed to develop the relationships needed for the presidential role he had participated in. His opponents had their mindset as to have him a one-term president.” The first year of his four year term, he had proposed many programs that he knew would further the science as well as make the spirit of the enterprise and inventions increase and better in the United States. He had helped increase the highway and canal building in the United States, which linked to different parts of the country helping the public lands of the conservation. During this duration of change, they did not believe that all of this change was actually happening in the United States.
Though his accomplishments go far beyond fixing the banks and stabilizing the nation’s economy. Our history books rarely mention him (Miranda), though his doings are in there. From earning his way into King’s College to writing 51 out of the 85 Federalist papers to getting shot in a duel, Alexander Hamilton is a true American self-made man
If one puts all their money into the railroad and it ends up being a flop like the pony express then all that money has gone to waste. However, there is also government aid to help build the railroad to connect east and west. For the transcontinental railroad, government aid meant twenty sections of land for every mile of rail laid and two mortgage securities. Investors would be a lot more secure and would possibly still gain something if the railroad failed. There was also the government subsidies, so there was a smaller risk as it wouldn’t just be the investor’s money going into the railroad, but the governments as well.
Most people would start small, but not the United States of America. Our debt first surfaced during the Revolutionary War in 1776 when George Washington borrowed $75 million dollars to pay for the war and Its casualties(SPCR 2011). Even though it was promptly compensated for, this action started a trend of borrowing to govern. George Washington took the easy way out by printing more money and borrowing from himself. The government hadn’t yet begun to tax, so progress in paying back the money was slowed.
A modern example of a successful non conformist is President Donald J. Trump. Donald Trump is a very successful businessman who has seen over the years lots of corruption in the United States government. He points out the Obama Administration who racked up 19.947 trillion dollars in debt. When he announced he was running, the media took it as a joke and gave a huge bias towards Hillary Clinton also know as Crooked Hillary. Logical people noticed this and began to see how bad the current politicians were and wanted a person who was there for the people, and not for self benefit.