Andrew Carnegie Research Paper

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Think of someone who is wealthy, who comes to mind? Someone like Bill Gates, right? Well, where do you think they get their money from and how did they become so wealthy? They all have to start out with finding something that interest them and then invest to get their business started. Another millionaire that is pretty important to know is Andrew Carnegie, who never cared for his workers and only cared about the production of his workers. He also was never truthful and was cruel about his words on labor unions. The well known, wealthy business leader, Andrew Carnegie was a “robber baron” because of his lies on labor unions and his careless relationship with his workers.
Carnegie never showed his workers the respectful, caring, “good boss”
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Every word that was spoken about them was a lie. He only made the labor unions look like they were the “bad guys”. First of all, he once spoke out about scab workers, which are replacements for workers who do not show up to work because they were on strike, yet he used scab workers himself. Like I said in the paragraph above, the workers would go on strike because they were not satisfied with their low wages and working conditions which were still bad in Carnegie’s steel factories. Secondly, Carnegie pushed for all his companies, factories, and businesses to have non-union workers. He thought that it was fine that workers came together to protect their jobs, yet he does not like that his workers being unionized. He did not like union workers because he felt that what he was giving them was an enough amount of money for how much they were doing. As a Scottish immigrant, he had to work in factories too before he became wealthy. Labor unions to him were like beggars. They always keep asking for more and more because they do need it. They are trying to make a living off of the money they make daily, which was very low. One big strike that happened was the Homestead Strike. In February of the year 1892, workers of Homestead negotiated for a better contract for working there. Five months later, the strike began. Carnegie did not fight back right away, but waited for something grand to happen first. Finally, in the end, the workers of course lost and now had to pay Carnegie’s price. He punishes the strikers by lowering their wages, making them work longer hours, and many of the workers lost their jobs. Document H writes the letters from Carnegie to his assistant, Frick during the Homestead strike. While Carnegie was vacationing in Europe, he left the physical attack of the strike to Frick. The plans of Carnegie were sent to Frick through letters. He is

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