Andrew Carnegie 's Greatest Contributions Essay

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Proverbs 21:26 states, “All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.” Andrew Carnegie, a businessman that overcame a life of poverty, devoted most of his life’s earnings to others. He did this without asking for anything in return. Though he impacted American industry significantly, Andrew Carnegie 's greatest contributions came through his philanthropy, which benefitted millions of people. Carnegie began learning about giving from his early life. Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835 in a rough part of Dunfermline, Scotland (“Andrew Carnegie Biography”). David Nasaw wrote, “Dunfermline was a glorious place to grow up, but only if one was able to close one’s eyes to the misery and dislocation that the Industrial Revolution was going to visit upon it...” (3). Carnegie and his family were not wealthy, and they struggled to live. In search for a better life, Carnegie’s family moved to America. Carnegie’s childhood in poverty made him realize that something had to be done to help people in need, and he was determined to make a difference when he was older (Carnegie 13). Carnegie was able to experience business after moving to Pennsylvania. Carnegie saw his parents working hard to support the family, so he decided to do the same (Carnegie 35). He began his career by working in cotton factories with his father where he earned $1.20 per hour (“Andrew Carnegie Biography”; Carnegie 34 ). While working in various factories, Carnegie met a man,…

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