Andrew Carnegie: A Hero Or Hero?

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Andrew Carnegie was an important United States businessman in the late 1800's and early 1900's born in Scotland in 1835. At age 13 he immigrated to the United States with his family looking for better opportunities. Carnegie found the idea of the Bessemer Process and decided to expand on the idea to make steel in a faster less expensive way. With his ideas the United States was able to expand. Although his ideas may have made a change how the United States industrialized some of his business tactics were not as good. A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Andrew Carnegie is not a hero because he treated workers badly, used his money in wasteful ways, and wanted money for himself. …show more content…
In 1897 Carnegie bought a castle in Scotland which he paid about $10,000,000 for renovations (Doc 1). Since he only had a daughter very late in his life. There would have been no reason to have gotten a castle for just him his wife and his daughter. "Why should men leave great fortunes to their children? If this is done from affection, is this not misguided affection?" (Doc 8). This document was written by Andrew Carnegie himself where he explained what he would do with his money being a rich businessman. He says he would not leave anything for his descendants which would make the castle Carnegie bought a waste of his money. However, in the same document he says that another way to get rid of his money would be to give it away while being alive. "The man who dies rich dies disgraced." (Doc 8). It seems more like he is forced to give the money away to be remembered as a good person. Even though he says that if he could, he would take the money with him when he …show more content…
"Forty-Millionaire Carnegie In His Great Double Role." (Doc 10). Document 10 is a political cartoon that shows how Andrew Carnegie lowering the wages of his workers while also playing the role of a philanthropist. In the political cartoon there are two of Andrew Carnegie each side facing the opposite way with different facial expressions. He is standing on a box with a dollar sign to the left side of the box and a lock on the right. The dollar sign and lock on the box seem to represent how Carnegie is in control of all of his businesses and money he makes. He is giving away $5000 to Scotland in the cartoon. Andrew Carnegie would seem as though he is only giving to those he cares about since he was born in Scotland. Where he could have instead given to everyone equally or those more in need like the workers. The selling cost of his steel was always a few dollars more than what he paid to produce the steel (Doc 4). The profit he made could have been given to better wages for his workers. Andrew Carnegie has also said that only the best will accomplish and survive in the world (Doc 2). The document is another part that goes with document 8 which is written by Andrew Carnegie himself. It would show how Carnegie may have felt a lot more superior to all those other people. If he was a true hero, he would have never said anything that showed how he may have been better than all those who

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