Robber barons Essays

  • Robber Baron Or Captain Of Industry

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    There is a broad line between a captain of industry and a robber baron. A captain of industry brought an advanced, modern economy. They might have done a few shady acts, but people can look past it. A robber baron can be considered as thieves because of the way they gained money by destroying other companies. Many could say these millionaires are both. I believe these philanthropists are more of a captain of industry than a robber baron.

  • How Did Robber Baron Build Business During The Gilded Age

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    The Gilded Age which is the time period 30 years after the civil war, is when the economy went through a period of intense growth. The railroad industry was considered the start of the economic growth during the civil war. Many Businessmen of the period, such as Andrew Carnegie the controller of the steel industry, Jay Gould and Cornelius Vanderbilt, who were successful in the railroad industry, John D. Rockefeller who dominated the oil industry, and J.P Morgan who was very successful in the banking industry, they were often criticized for having monopolies and treating their workers poorly. Many Businessmen practiced the philosophy of Social Darwinism is when only the strong survive based Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection. Robber Baron was an industrialist during the Gilded Age who was powerful and wealthy Businessmen, he became wealthy by treating his workers terribly and other questionable and unethical tactics. Robber Baron became a term to describe Businessmen who did similar things like Baron. In the Gilded Age some businessmen had a vision and invested time and money to let grow with the economy such as Cornelius Vanderbilt, many businessmen donated to gifts to organizations such as schools, churches, and hospitals, businessmen such as Vanderbilt and people who practiced similar ways of entrepreneurship and donated

  • Robber Barons And Captains Of Industry

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    Some might believe that the businessmen of the Gilded age are robber barons because of how some of them treated their workers and spent their money. The businessmen of the Gilded Age were captains of industry because of the impact that they made on the country. Carnegie, Rockefeller, Morgan, and Vanderbilt all have done things that can identify them as captains of industry. These businessmen gave their time and effort to help the economy grow.

  • Robber Barons Or Captains Of Industry

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    The men who built America are viewed today as either “Robber Barons” or “Captains of Industry”. According to a Robber Baron is “a person who has become rich through ruthless and unscrupulous business practices. A Captain of Industry is “a business leader whose means of accumulating a personal fortune contributed positively to the country in some way.” These men are Robber Barons rather than Captains of Industry because of the unfair ways they got to the top, the cruel ways they treated their workers, and the rivalries they created with each other.

  • Robber Baron Essay

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    Judging from the article I read I see the term Robber Barons as a perfectly used term. Before the Civil War people were more of a locally relying group. In the process of the Civil war taking place you start having these men that see an opportunity to making small businesses into big corporations. Now, I did say that the term Robber Baron was over used, but I do believe there was a rise of Robber Baron’s in that time period. 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 And John D. Rockefeller

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    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. Even further, these robber barons would often ruthlessly eradicate competition by buying out other companies to establish monopolies through the horizontal and vertical integration of production and product.

  • Robber Barons Analysis

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    What does Zinn mean by referring to industrialists like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller as “robber barons”? What did they do to deserve that name? Why do Schweikart and Allen refer to them as “titans of industry”? What good do they think Rockefeller and Carnegie did?

  • Characteristics Of Robber Baron

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    Leaders in the industry are always based off of two sections, one being a Robber Baron and the other a Captain of Industry. John D. Rockefeller and Sam Walton can both display traits from one of these two categories. Although they both play different roles in the industry, both Rockefeller and Walton have contributed to the economic and political stance of the industry today, making noticeable contributions, whether or not they had made a positive impact on their community and to the future practices of industrialism.

  • Greed In The Gilded Age Essay

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    There is a difference between being selfish and being greedy. The definition of greed is “Intense desire for something, especially wealth or power”, whereas the definition of selfish is “Lacking consideration for others”. During the Gilded Age, America was characterized as the Land of the Free, which attracted immigrants from all over the world to come live the American Dream. Was it greedy or selfish for these immigrants to come to America and improve their way of living? During the Gilded Age, greed is what motivated industrial innovation and for people to improve their ways of living. But with great responsibilities come great consequences, the consequence of greed is people seeing greed to be the same as being selfish. Despite this, the

  • Robber Barons Economic Analysis

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    The objective of this research is to evaluate their collective role in the growth of the United States economy after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln following the American Civil War. The investigation will also analyze the economic state of the United States before Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and John Pierpont Morgan introduced their ideas and their investments, as well as the impact of their actions on other people and materials for their businesses. The investigation will also describe how the “Robber Barons” built their industries and amassed their respective fortunes.

  • Henry Ford: Robber Barons Or Captains Of Industry

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    The Gilded Age was an era that transformed from agrarian to industrialized working/businesses and goods. The Gilded Age soon came after Reconstruction and lasted from the late 1860’s to the late 1890’s. During the Gilded Age there were many businessmen that were labeled Robber Barons or Captains of Industry based on their actions of ruthlessness and monopoly or their actions of generosity and kindness. A Robber Baron is a businessman who obtained wealth through cruel manors. A Captain of Industry is a business leader who obtained wealth through positive and generous ways that had a good impact on those around them. History should remember the entrepreneurs of the 1800’s and 1900’s as Captains of Industries or Robber Barons. These entrepreneurs

  • Henry Ford: Robber Baron Or Captain Of Industry

    413 Words  | 2 Pages

    How did he acquire his wealth? He acquire his wealth by being a self-made man, that revolutionize the car industry in the 90’s.

  • Robber Barons Dbq

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    The late 19th century was full of growth, production, and business. People were craving power and seemed to achieve this through any means necessary. Consequently, a new business elite formed consisting of the richest men alive. The way in which these individuals acquired all their profits is something very contradictory even over one-hundred years later. Some historians characterize these businessmen as “robber barons” who used extreme methods to control and concentrate wealth and power, and being supported by multiple sources, this statement is justified but only to some extent.

  • Compare Rockefeller And Morgan As Captains Of Industry And Robber Barons

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    Men like Carnegie, Rockefeller and Morgan could be viewed as "Captains of Industry" and "Robber Barons." Some people may see these men as "captains of industry" because they helped move the nation forward with innovation. Andrew Carnegie who was a Scottish American industrialist ended up leading the huge expansion of the American steel industry.He purchased and constructed Carnegie Steel Company which was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.He built a huge bridge across the Mississippi River which was the first time ever a bridge had been constructed out of steel.This sparked the usage of steel for building and construction.John D. Rockefeller led in the oil industry.He was one of the co founders of the Standard Oil Company which had a great influence

  • The Case Of Cornelius Vanderbilt And John D. Rockefeller: Robber Barons

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    Cornelius Vanderbilt, and John D. Rockefeller are both labeled as robber barons. Robber barons is a term that means that they stole and were granted special rights, so that they could create monopolies in their fields. This concept is completely wrong though, since both Vanderbilt and Rockefeller worked hard to earn everything they received. Rockefeller and Vanderbilt were both businessmen who made wise business decisions, and created deals that would benefit them.

  • Greed And Capitalism In Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island

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    “It was to be a story for boys; no need of psychology or fine writing; and I had a boy at hand to be a touchstone.” (Stevenson) Formerly titled The Sea Cook: A Story for Boys, by Robert Louis Stevenson, the novel was initially fashioned off the mere scraps of a map of childhood fantasy drawn by Stevenson’s stepson, Lloyd Osbourne. By the further implementation of similar material from previous authors, such as Charles Kingsley, Captain Charles Johnson, Edgar Allan Poe, and Washington Irving, the 19th Century Scottish writer would develop one of the most highly recognized pirate novels of all time; ultimately, branded in 1883 as Treasure Island. While the novel is a captivating story of pirates, buccaneers, and bandits alike, underneath it all rests profound meaning and importance. Themes of criminality, exploration, and friendship litter across the pages of the novel, yet there is one that rises above the others in both insinuation and significance. Accordingly, I argue that greed and capitalism itself have a uniquely strong echo throughout the novel, in effect allowing for a peek into a piece of the pirate mentality on the meaning of a good life. Moreover, this examination of greed and capitalism also sheds light on the morality of individuals and certain factions of a society. Thus, the relationship between greed, capitalism, and morality are all intertwined.

  • Transnational Organized Crimes

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    Transnational Organized Crimes are illegal big businesses such as weapon smuggling, human and drug smuggling and trafficking, and fraud and corruption. TOC’s have been studied for decades by the government agencies, and now local and state law enforcement are involved as the eyes and ears in the communities. This is very important when looking into the research and finding out where and why TOC’s can grow and expand as rapidly as they have been.

  • Theories Of Corporate Crime

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    Corporate Criminal Liability is defined as Corporations, just like individuals, can be tried and convicted of committing crimes if managers, directors or even ordinary workers commit the crimes. There are two types: strict liability and vicarious liability (Kadian-Baumeyer, Kat).

  • Pros And Cons Of Robber Barons

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    After the Civil War, the Second Industrial Revolution was established due to America’s rapid growth for industry and economics. Capitalists during the industrial period of 1875-1900’s were either accused of being a robber baron or a captain of industry. Some capitalists leaders who were accused of being a robber baron or captain of industry included J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Andrew W. Mellon, and John D. Rockefeller. A robber baron is a business leader who gets rich through cruel and scandalous business practices. The captains of industry is a business leader who wants to better the companies in a way that it would be positively contributing to the country. The most accurate characterization for the time period of 1875-1900’s were both