The Impact Of Andrew Carnegie And The Gilded Age

Andrew Carnegie was one of the smartest and richest men during the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age was mainly focused on factories and textiles. He was able to found his company called American Steel and he was able to generate all of his money from that. Andrew Carnegie was living the American Dream. However, he earned his money from hard working laborers making little to no money a day. Even though many people thought he was such a good person because he donated all of his money at the end of his life, all of his workers were struggling to survive every day off of the pay that Carnegie was paying his workers. Also, Carnegie was pretty much Social Darwinism. Social Darwinism meant that the weak stayed weak and the strong stayed strong. Carnegie …show more content…
Carnegie paid his workers $1.81 a day for 10 hours a day. Even though this is somewhat good for during the Gilded Age, Carnegie was making $92,000 a day. Carnegie didn’t even bother to give the workers a raise even though he was making that much money (Document I). Carnegie also had trouble with his workers striking during his career. Carnegie refused to listen to what the workers wanted to say and he brought in temporary workers until the other workers decided that they weren’t going to get what they wanted. Carnegie hired Pinkerton detective agency to go to where the workers were striking and reopen Carnegie mill with the old workers or with new ones. However, when the detectives were sent on barges, they were spotted and word was sent around and all of the population of Homestead rushed to the river bank and began killing every detective. However, a truce was formed and the Pinkerton men were allowed to walk out of the town with no harm. Four guards ended up being killed and everyone else sustained injuries. Carnegie could’ve avoided this by giving the strikers what they wanted but instead he decided to be greedy and he ended up getting four men to lose their lives. However, Carnegie may have learned his lesson because there wasn’t another union in Carnegie mill for about forty years (Document J). In Carnegie’s telegraph’s Carnegie chose to …show more content…
Carnegie had a house in Scotland that was his “summer home” that was a freaking castle! The renovation cost for this goliath of a castle was about $10,000,000 ($280109378.77 today). However, Carnegie did live in the attic above his father’s weaver’s shop when he grew up. Instead of Carnegie putting that money towards the salaries of his workers, he spent it avariciously. If Carnegie was a hero, he would’ve given at least some of is money to his workers. Carnegie almost head two heads during his life. He showed that he was able to donate all of his money towards a library and hand out money. But, it seems that Carnegie has forgotten what has gotten all of his money which was the workers. Carnegie gave .01% of his money to the steel workers and families that got him all of the money in the first place. Carnegie donated all of his money to things such as libraries and church organs to create attention. Even though it was great what he did, he didn’t repay what the workers did for him to get all of that money (Document N,

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