Andrew Carnegie was another major trust, that controlled the steel industry and stated in the Gospel of Wealth (1889), that if a person consumed wealth, they’re supposed to live frugally and use the extra money to help people in need (Foner, Voices of Freedom, II, 28). “During the Gilded Age, large numbers of businessmen and middle-class Americans adopted the social outlook known as Social Darwinism” (Foner, Vocies of Freedom, II, 32).William Graham Sumner however, represented Social Darwinism (a derivative of Charles Darwin’s theory), in order to oppose Andrew Carnegie’s theory; Sumner believed that we can’t separate from racism and he advocated “survival of the fittest”. Many opposed of, Social Darwinism, including, Henry George a journalist who wrote “Progress and Poverty” , in 1879- George wanted to prevent the economy from advancing into a depression therefore his solution was the ‘single tax’. The
Immigrants and poor works worked together to increase the wages. The rich wanted to ensure in maintaining their power and wealth, leaving the others in terrible circumstances. “The purpose of the state was to settle upper-class disputes peacefully,control lower-class rebellion, and adopt policies that would further the long-range stability of the system”(Zinn, 238). Always, the wealthy and powerful have control the lower class, creating discriminatory laws. These laws that have been created is beneficial to the rich.
Robber barons, specifically Andrew Carnegie, an industrialist and John D. Rockefeller, a philanthropist, were the chosen, elite members of society according to the doctrine of Social Darwinism. Darwinism is when evolution occurs and the strongest organisms of an ecosystem survive and reproduce to outnumber the weaker, less fit organisms of an ecosystem. Similarly Social Darwinism follows the same concept, but in a capitalist sense of thought. Those who were able to exploit the Gilded Age’s laissez faire economy to their own benefit, like the robber barons Andrew Carnegie of Carnegie Steel and J. D. Rockefeller of Standard Oil, were the fittest members of society because they were able to survive in the grueling and ruthless free economy. By usurping all of the fresh yet unfit immigrants that were flowing into the States due to the rise of urbanization, these two men integrated these easily-manipulated people into their factories to augment their profits.
I categorized Andrew Carnegie a Captain of Industry after learning of his philanthropic views and actions. Carnegie not only obtained a wealth from working hard and wisely investing but used most of his fortune to make a difference on the world. Carnegie own words categorize the essence of generosity and kind hearth. I cannot disagree with him when he stated that “The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced”
Instead of the rags to riches story, Morgan, born into a wealthy family, was given the financial world to conquer. “He financed railroads and helped organize U.S. Steel, General Electric and other major corporations while using his influence to help stabilize American financial markets during several economic crises.” Like most wealthy business men at the time, Morgan “had too much power and was accused of manipulating the nation’s financial system for his own gain.” Overall, Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan all built businesses for struggling industries in order to save the nation and help themselves succeed. Capitalism, America 's new economic system, depended on competition and played a huge role in the overall process. During this era, industries became so powerful that it had no competition and could charge whatever it wanted and have no incentive to produce cheaper, better products. This, along with other business practices, although not all practical or honest, is what allowed our nation to
Adams is an elitist, who wants to run the country and give more power to his similar (The rich). Not only this but, he implemented those tariff laws which favored the Northern Industrialists. Do we need a President who is prejudiced and corrupt from the very first? I don’t. Andrew Jackson, a man has superior skills in decision making toward growth and equality, is the one who has my vote.
For Carnegie, improving society is the role of the wealthy man who, “animated by Christ’s spirit” (“Wealth”), can administer wealth for the community better than it could have for itself (“Wealth”). Carnegie’s ostentatious vanity indicates that he reaps pride from his attempt at improving society, which serves the explicit goal of “dignify[ing] his own life” (“Wealth”). Although Addams stresses the importance of unity and the interdependency of the classes (226), it is important to point out that she opened the Hull House in response to the uselessness she felt following a
Carnegie, who was a believer of Social darwinism, which was a belief held by many that stated that the rich were rich and the poor were poor due to natural selection in society. This was the basis of many people who promoted a laissez faire style of economy. He believed if you worked hard, you could be successful. He believed that a man of wealth should set modest examples and help those in need (DOC E) Carnegie donated more than 150 billion of dollars for libraries, colleges and concert halls. The high population density of the early twentieth century put pressure on fragile infrastructures and demanded insight from urban planners and politicians.
If you were the richest person in the world what would you accomplish with all the money you had? Andrew Carnegie, an American Captain of Industry By far off the greatest profitable businessman during his age, Carnegie left his mark on industry, and ordinarily greatly impacted the expansion of business enterprise in America. Essentially, Carnegie rose from poverty to become one of the most influential, industrial men in history by single-handedly building the American steel industry. Andrew Carnegie was famously known for being a hero because he would provide plenty to the poor. Andrew Carnegie was a hero in numerous ways one of the first reasons why Andrew Carnegie was a hero was because he helped create a better environment for the poor
How can the concept of White Privilege be expanded to include gender privilege, class privilege, or heterosexual privilege? According to Monahon (2014), p. 73, stated, “In the broadest terms, the concept of privilege is meant to capture the unearned benefits and advantages that accrue to members of dominant groups as a result of the ongoing exploitation and of members oppression of members of dominated groups”. One way white privilege can expand to class by a wealthy son of a business owner. Who thinks because he is born into a wealthy family, he is straight he is better than the middle class, homosexual male and he makes fun of the boy. This boy oppresses the middle class female because she is homosexual, lower class, and female.
As our country reached the late 1800’s, Americans found themselves face to face with era known as the ‘Gilded Age’. Companies were created and grew rapidly during this time period. Some of the most famous entrepreneurs were John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, who seemed to be the perfect models for the ‘rags to riches’ story. Many people debate which entrepreneur was a better role-model. Due to his low prices, the high demand for his products, and the way he sought to eliminate any possible competition, John D. Rockefeller is clearly the better role-model for today’s entrepreneurs.
To start, John D. Rockefeller, one of the richest capitalists in history, used the term Social Darwinism to say why some people were poor and some were rich. This ideal is exemplified in Ghent’s Our Benevolent Feudalism, (Doc. 7), which explains why the principle of “Survival of the fittest” applies to laissez-faire capitalism. Essentially, it said that if someone was not successful, it was a result of not working hard enough. Consequently, many rich Americans believed in this view, and used it as an explanation of why some are poor and some are rich.
Generally in politics, people support those who promise to support them. With this being said, I feel as though the artist portrayed this in a clever way. Not only are the businessmen, soldiers and sailors literally supporting McKinley in the image, yet they are supporting him in a political sense as well. In addition to this, I believe that the artist was symbolizing wealth and prosperity with the gold coin platform that McKinley proudly stands on. I feel as though the overall message of the piece is that with the support of common citizens, McKinley was able to leave behind a successful economy for his people.
In Andrew Carnegie’s essay “Wealth,” he believed that he had a responsibility to spend his money on something to benefit the greater good. He believe that the rich should distribute their wealth responsibly to benefit society. One of his quotes say, “The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.” Carnegie starts off talking social Darwinism, the issue of inequality and how and if he could fix it. Capitalism ensured that the smartest and most talented people would rise to the top. This would make them become significantly wealthier than anyone.
This is proven with the multitudes wish for leveling, or the balancing of the riches, the rich appealing to the middle class, and the growth of the colonies. The settlers want for an equal distribution of wealth shows as one of the main reasons they supported Bacon was because of his “hopes of levelling” (Zinn 1). Many of these people were poor whites, and wanted the wealth to be spread out equally, rather than just to the rich. Additionally, the rich appeal to the middle class to gain their support. For example, James Otis had the ability to appeal to the middle class by “attacking the Troy Thomas Hutchinson” (Zinn 1).