In the year of 1852, the industrious skill and dedication of a young twelve-year-old boy named Andrew Carnegie captivated Thomas A. Scott of the Pennsylvania Railroad. 1 Awed by his diligence, Scott immediately hired and made Carnegie his personal telegrapher.2 With a “rags to riches” background that inspired others to work hard for the American Dream, Carnegie knew exactly how the less fortunate felt when they were compared to the wealthy. Noticing how society achieved social, economic, and political equality before industrialization, Carnegie shared his intake on America’s momentous shift from an agrarian society to an industrial society in the late
Over time he will gain experience as a telegraph messenger and work at a Pennsylvania railroad this will help him to get a job in the railroad industry and three years later he is the superintendent. The next decade Andrew now owns his own steel business called Carnegie Steel Company. Andrew Carnegie revolutionized steel as we knew it using technology and procedures that made making steel much faster. For this he is a “Captain of the Industry”. Carnegie was a smart business man unlike most industry’s during his time instead of buying the other companies out he would make his prices lower than another producer which would send them out of business.
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.
John Henry is the main character known as Hammerman. Hammerman is considered to be part of the oral tradition category. John Henry is presented as a ballad to be sung, whereas Hammerman was written as a story to be read. Hammerman was a black worker, in the 1870’s, who helped build the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.
In the past, there have been many influential economic figures in the industrial business industry. Andrew Carnegie is one of the most famous of these figures but not just in a business scheme, but also in an economic and national scheme. Andrew Carnegie is a business man that caused a major controversial issue to arise; the topic of being labeled a Robber Baron or a Captain of Industry by the public. A Robber Baron is someone who has become wealthy through heartless and unethical business actions that will only benefit the individual. On the other hand, a Captain of Industry is a business leader who has become rich by accomplishing activities that will, overall, benefit the people of the community such as expanding a market or providing more jobs.
Franklin contributed some of his success in this area to his wife, whom he says is “as much dispos’d to industry and frugality as [himself]” (Franklin 37). Together, their table was “plain and simple”, their furniture “of the cheapest”, and Franklin’s breakfast was milk without tea, eaten out of a “twopenny earthen porringer” with a pewter spoon (Franklin 37). Franklin did not see value in upgrading his pewter spoon to silver or his cheap porringer to a china bowl. Franklin valued practicality and would rather avoid the enormous sum of “three-and-twenty shillings” for such things when the pewter spoon does the same job for a fraction of the price (Franklin 37). Franklin is frugal with his diet, as well.
Some might say that he is not a captain of industry, but there are always two sides to every story. His life is very interesting, as he was a true rags-to-riches story. His parents were farmers, and his father occasionally ferried produce and merchandise between Staten Island and Manhattan. And it was due to this that he gained interest in boats. Eventually, he managed to acquire a fleet of small boats, and through this he was able to acquire his first fortune.
Topic: Should Andrew Carnegie be described as a “captain of industry” or a “robber baron”? Abstract: Nowadays, there still exists lots of controversial comments towards Andrew Carnegie. Some of them hold the view that Andrew Carnegie should be described as a captain of industry while others contend that he was only a robber baron. As far as I am concerned, Andrew Carnegie, known as the King of Steel, built the steel industry in the United States, and in the process, became one of the wealthiest men in America.
In a time where America’s economy was at its low, much work was necessary to rebuild the economy. Those times are revolutionary in history because they are crucial to development, during WWI a lot of progress was achieved, most of it at expenses of peoples lives and believes. However, that is not the case of Henry Ford Model T car and overall work practices. It is true that people made great fortune at expense of others misfortune, but I don’t believe that is enough reason for us to generalize.
Andrew Carnegie was born November twenty-fifth, 1835 in Dunfermline, Scotland, to a linen weaver and the daughter of a cobbler. Living in a caste system of society gave his family little to no opportunity to prosper, which led to Carnegie “developing into a violent young republican” as well as causing his family to move to a town just across the river from Pittsburgh. Carnegie’s father died early on in his life causing him to become a provider for his family at a young age. Carnegie’s first real job was as a secretary to the superintendent of the Pittsburgh telegraph office. He went on to become a successful capitalist for many years before he recognized the opportunity to rule the steel industry in the U.S..
Once Henry arrived he got himself a job at Thomas Jefferson Dryer’s Weekly Oregonian Newspaper and by the time he turned 26 he had purchased the Oregonian newspaper. He made it into a daily paper, married the girl that he loved Georgiana Burton who came from Missouri with her family. The Pittock’s became the pillars of the community, live in Portland
This chapter also includes many statistics that are very interesting to someones knowledge. One will also learn that the shopping habits people have and where they shop determines if they are well off. In the story about Johnny and his habits of life, one will learn that he is not considered a “bespoke” because he does not spend the money on customized suits. It is proven that people will buy certain pieces of clothing or a pair of shoes just to have the logo on it. One will also learn that most Americans in this generation will never become wealthy because they are wasteful.
It was a result of the free enterprise system that Henry Ford was able to establish his business and develop it into a successful enterprise. His success as an entrepreneur not only benefited him, but it also benefited other entrepreneurs. His leadership in this field led to the development of new concepts and ideas which were beneficial to future entrepreneurs and helped them to develop their own business ideas in order to become successful as well. Therefore, it is through the success of one entrepreneur that many others were also able to
Richard Bassett was a significant Figure of the Constitutional Convention. Richard was in the convention at the age of 42 with the state of Delaware. Although Mr. Bassett was not apart of the committee assignments he did partake in New government such as, Attending the Delaware ratification convention, supported the ratification of the Constitution, served as a Senator from Delaware in the years of, 1789 through 1793 and Serving as the Midnight Judge appointee by President Adams. Prior Political experience Bassett was involved in includes, Lower House of Delaware State Legislature 1785, The Upper House of Delaware State Legislature 1776 and 1770-1780 and 1783-1785, also the Delaware State convention in 1776 with lastly being apart of the Annapolis Convention in 1786 as a Delegate.
Thanksgiving a time where people sit around the table and be thankful for the things they have. However, many people know of how it became a holiday, but people don’t know is who started this holiday. The man who had started Thanksgiving was named William Bradford; It started from his marriage ceremony in the New World where the (Johnson) Wampanoags Native Americans (Whitehurst and Ruffin 18) brought over turkeys and deer to feast on (Johnson). William Bradford was the second governor of Plymouth for his wisdom and leadership; he ran for governor for thirty years with a five year break. To learn more about this person and how important this man was to the pilgrims we have to look at his childhood, Adulthood, and his role as governor.