Andrew Carnegie History Essay

749 Words Oct 22nd, 1999 3 Pages

Over the last hundred years many great people have come and gone. Only a few of these people have etched a legacy in history that puts them in a category of being influential through out the entire century. To achieve this state of supreme centennial importance ones impact must benefit not only the people living in the present but must also positively affect the men and women of the near and distant future. Anyone who accomplishes this task should be named the most influential person of the Twentieth Century. Because of Andrew Carnegie's stand against harsh labor, expansion of the steel industry, and extreme generosity with ongoing philanthropic work, history will record him as the most influential person of the Twentieth
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Carnegie felt that work and money were a means to an end. His goal in industry wasn't to become the richest man but instead to improve himself to benefit the greater good of mankind. He felt that the best way to accomplish this goal was through communication. (Bowman 68) Carnegie said that, "the man who dies rich, dies disgraced." (Henle 1) Throughout his lifetime he donated over $350 million to the public in order for them to have the ability to better themselves and to attain their goals in the future. Several libraries in many large cities were the result of his donations. (Kings 1)

Andrew Carnegie has proven several times that he is indeed the most influential person of the Twentieth Century. The progress he made in the steel industry helped rocket the United States into the industrial revolution and provided the needed steel for the railroads and many other steel constructed structures that are essential to everyday life then and now. (Bowman 68) His stance against long hours, low wages, and poor working conditions opened eyes to how workers should be treated. His acceptance of unions must have made it easier for other companies to have the courage to unionize. His influence can most strongly be felt by his work in Philanthropy. Carnegie believed that its possessors should administer wealth, not randomly but with great purpose. (Henle 1) He donated three

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