How Did Andrew Carnegie's Impact On America

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Proposal Yu Hu 胡宇
General Remarks
For over thirty-five years after the Civil War, the United States of America entered into a period of fast reconstruction. During this time, there is a man called Andrew Carnegie who made a huge impact on America’s post-war recovery. He led an enormous expansion of American steel industry in the late 19th century. By 1897, Carnegie’s mills produced more than 6,000 tons of iron and steel daily. Those steels were used in machines and they also helped build railways and bridges. At age 65, he sold his company and consequently became the world’s richest person. After his retirement, he started to live up to his philosophy of philanthropy. His efforts influenced not only America’s post-war reconstruction,
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What was Carnegie’s influence to America even after his death? First, to analyze his influence on steel industry, I will use an article called “Andrew Carnegie First Man of Steel”. The article discusses the life and work of Andrew Carnegie. Furthermore, the primary material will be used in this paper is an essay written by Andrew Carnegie in 1889 called “Gospel of Wealth” in which he discussed his thoughts on the responsibilities that come with wealth. In terms of Carnegie’s philanthropic contributions, after his retirement, he distributed all his fortune to universities, libraries, museum, theaters and music halls. He began to establish foundations that would further his hope for a better society. The material will be used for this part is “To Die Rich is to Die Disgraced” written by Traub which recalls Carnegie’s philanthropic work. After Carnegie’s death, his theories also promote the development of American society. For this, I will use an article called “Where have you gone, Andrew Carnegie?” This article reflects nowadays people’s thoughts on reasons for usage of Carnegie as an example to live a
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