The Hero Of Andrew Carnegie: A Hero

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Would a person who is willing to donate millions of dollars to one community have the right to be called a hero? Usually the answer is yes to most people because it is an act of kindness, setting aside time and effort to help their community, a hero-like thing to do. However, does that make that person a good person? What if they could have stolen that money, be involved in illegal activities, long-story short the public honestly does not know the true story behind it. The public only knows what is presented to them, the good and nice side of everything but they are not shown the whole picture. A great example of this type of “hero” is a man named Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie was born in 1835 to a poor family in Dunfermline, Scotland. Because …show more content…
With first becoming locally famous with his talent to decode the dot-dot-dash messages by ear when he was in the telegraph business to then becoming a superintendent in the railroad community and finally owning a booming successful business in steel. After his great success with his steel company, the Carnegie Steel Company, he became very popular. He was known for being one of richest men in the world and also was known for donated millions of dollars to many communities, especially to his community back in Scotland. Because of his charity-like work, the public began to see him as a hero. However, the public failed to see the whole picture of Andrew Carnegie. They failed to see that he was just manipulating the public with his money to build up his reputation. Also, the failed to see that the majority of the money he was donating was used for his own company not others. Finally, the public failed to notice where all of Andrew Carnegie 's money was really coming from, his …show more content…
Carnegie was two-faced and manipulative. With Document D to be provided as evidence, it is clearly shown that others also thought he was two-faced, especially his workers. In the cartoon of Document D, it has Andrew Carnegie split into two. The left side of him to represent his true, cruel side by showing a flyer to his worker about reducing wages while having this serious, brutal face expression. The right side to represent his mask of kindness that he presents himself to the public by giving away a paper that has “$5000” written onto a person with “Scotland” and also handing over a library to a person with “Pittsburgh” written on him while having a nice, bright smile on his face. This meaning behind this cartoon is to show the truth about Andrew Carnegie. To show that not only is he two-faced, but also manipulative. He manipulates his communities by letting them believe that he is actually a very generous person when in reality he is just like any other business owner during the Gilded Age,

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