Andrew Carnegie's Success

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It has been relatively known that a society cannot prosper without the careful consideration of the past when making decisions for the future and Andrew Carnegie strongly believed that. “Because Andrew’s lifetime spanned two worlds, before and after mechanization, his actions continuously manifested an ambivalence rooted in his double exposure to the old world among the cottages, glens, and firths of Scotland and the new world among of smoky factories in America.” (Andrew Carnegie 13) Most of his actions as a businessman demonstrated mastery of the techniques of investment found in modern industrial practice while his attitudes towards politics, society, culture, and even the ownership structure of his business exhibited the Old World ideas …show more content…
(Andrew Carnegie 82) Andrew Carnegie’s rise in business reflected greatly on the changes that were being made in the nineteenth and twentieth century. His success was not typical in any way and he himself pioneered in the numerous changes happening by perfecting business techniques that reshaped the iron and steel industry.
Andrew Carnegie lived a very long successful life. Born on November 25, 1835, in Dumfermline, Scotland to parents Will and Margaret Carnegie. (Andrew Carnegie 6) Throughout his boyhood the livelihood of Dumfermline depended on the handoff weaving of linen, an honored craft practiced by half of its 11,000 inhabitants. The changes that came, had been designed to reinforce the weavers’ skills not to supplant them. By the time Carnegie was born, such competition had already devastated many branches of the traditional textile trades and communities in Europe. The shift to machine production resulted from the energy revolution that was first achieved in England. (Andrew Carnegie 8) This in turn led to visions of vast benefits. “Industrialization would expand national income, produce more goods for overseas trade, and strengthen the nation’s ability to defend itself and its empire.” (Andrew Carnegie 9) From a very
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Everybody had the same opportunities the he had but his success did not make it typical for someone to gain as much fortune as he did. But there were people like John D. Rockefeller who had great success. Both rose from modest backgrounds and were prime examples of how inventive genius and business sense enabled Americans to seize opportunities for success. But their dictatorial attitudes, unscrupulous methods, repressive labor policies, and exercise power without any democratic control led to fears that they were undermining political and economic freedom. (Give Me Liberty 599-600) The differences that they had were that Andrew Carnegie set out to establish a vertically integrated steel company—that is, one that controlled every phase of the business from raw materials to transportation, manufacturing and distribution. While John D. Rockefeller by horizontal expansions—buying out competing oil refineries. They both gained all their power and riches from

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