Argumentative Essay On Andrew Carnegie

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As we all know, history is something that we can learn and grow from, basically because it is something we can use as an example to repeat or not to repeat so we do not make the same mistakes again. That is the best thing about history, because we can grow from the past in order to make for a better tomorrow, something I believe Andrew Carnegie did. Although Andrew Carnegie was a very controversial influence in this time period, there are always several sides to every story. Andrew Carnegie was a very wealthy and influential man to many people during this time period, while on the other hand he was called a robber baron, which suggested he only did what he did to treat himself, not others (Hewitt and Lawson 493). Andrew Carnegie, “eventually …show more content…
Andrew Carnegie was known for “destroying the unions”, which made the name robber baron for himself (Hewitt, Lawson). Although he was destroying the unions, he also gave back as well, which caused more of a dispute because people were concerned with why he destroyed something, then wanted to give back so much. People in this time period should have accepted and welcomed the wealth in hands of few because as we discussed previously he earned the money himself, and even though he was one of the wealthiest of this time period and had a notorious name for himself, he also excelled in philanthropy. Carnegie makes a valid point in his Gospel of Wealth where he states, “Those with great wealth must be socially responsible and use their assets to help others” (Gospel of Wealth). The people of this time period should have accepted the wealth in his hands because years later he gave his money back in huge bulks, to educational matters to share with the country, which states that they should have accepted the wealth in few hands because he ends up giving his wealth back in the long run (Hewitt, Lawson). Although there was only wealth in hands of few, he clearly used his power and money for better, to help extend and make this country succeed even more than it already has. One of the greatest quotes I read dealing with philanthropy and Andrew Carnegie would be, “The problem of …show more content…
Andrew Carnegie made his fortune that dealt with steel, turning the industrial world into something completely new and different (PBS). With findings of steel came skyscrapers, railroads and even bridges which made the American Industry sky rocket to another level, all thanks to Andrew Carnegie (PBS). He was the creater and master behind it all, and behind things that we even use today. Without him, there would not be any jobs for the workers of this time. They should have accepted the inequality and great wealth in his hands because he is what started creating that time period for them, making their lives easier and more advanced. Since there was such a high advancement in the industries, this helped many people living around here in this time have more jobs because farmers soon became factory workers, where more jobs were created (Hewitt, Lawson 495). Railroads became a huge role in this time period because it was a way to transport for Carnegie and make more money, which would also help the citizens of this time (Hewitt, Lawson 495). It becomes inevitable that Andrew Carnegie was a hero of this time period because people were quick to forget how genius he was to create such a large business and market to extend and help these people’s lives. They should have accepted his great wealth and inequality because that is what happens when someone owns a

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