Affidavit--Andrew Carnegie Essay

638 Words Apr 5th, 2013 3 Pages

I am a witness for The Gilded Age. The time period of the Gilded Age was roughly around when the Civil War ended right up to when World War II commenced. This period was marked in American history by the massive growth of industry. The iron and steel industry grew dramatically and there was an increased demand for western resources such as lumber, gold, and silver due to the fact that it improved transportation. Railroad development dramatically grew, as trains were needed to move goods from the west to the east. This was Cornelius Vanderbilt’s area of expertise. John D Rockefeller was the founder of the Standard Oil Company, whereas Andrew Carnegie built a Steel Empire from the ground up. However all of these
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He eventually acquired the New York & Harlem, the Hudson River, and the New York Central railroads. Through this process, he built himself a nice little fortune of $105,000,000, which made him the richest man in the world. There were many other “Robber Barons” of this time period, and they all took certain measures to obtain their wealth, but Andrew Carnegie became well known for things that were not too great. Manufacturing steel became easier, faster, and more productive due to Carnegie’s plants around the country with his advanced technology for the age. To make these improvements, Carnegie was doing everything he could, even when it came to the expense of his workers. In 1892, the company tried to lower wages at a Steel plant in Homestead, Pennsylvania. The employees objected this. They already had to work in unfair conditions, but now they wanted to lower their wages. They refused to work, and this action is now known as the Homestead Strike of 1892. This conflict between the workers and the local managers became violent after the managers had to call in guards to break up this union. Carnegie always made sure that he was not present at the time of these events, but he organized them all. The managers are underneath Carnegie, and must do as he says. I’m sure that a man as powerful and wealth

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