Why Is Cornelius Vanderbilt A Captain Of Industry

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Overall, I thought that the term Robber Barron to describe Cornelius Vanderbilt was justified. For example, in the article Robber Barons or Captains of Industry, we learned that Vanderbilt was “one who either destroyed his enemies or extracted a ransom in return for leaving a market”. Basically, he was so competitive that he ran other business out of the market in order gain more wealth. Even though he helped the economy with building steamships and providing transportation of goods though the railroad systems he still was looked at in a negative way because of how competitive and ruthless he was. I thought that Andrew Carnegie was more like a captain of industry because he was more focused on bettering society as a whole rather than just
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