Misconceived Progression: An Era for the Will Essay

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To the mother concerned about feeding her child, the father ashamed of being unable to provide for his family. They are able to find hope in the Statue of Liberty, realizing that they too can reach the American Dream and can have a future worth fighting for. This icon represents the path to new beginnings and opportunities, but what it fails to mention in its grand impression is who is seizing the benefits of the new era. Before we can characterize the aftermath of the Civil War as a moment of regeneration for the United States, we must take into account those who were still left behind in the struggle. There were few individuals who benefited greatly from this time such as industrialists Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller.Yet there …show more content…
Among these were the leading business figures Thomas A. Scott, Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, whose names defined America’s Gilded Age during the 1870s-1890s. With innovations in railroad construction, making of steel and oil these individuals managed to accumulate vast wealth and power. They succeeded because they had what Eric Foner, author of Give Me Liberty! An American History said would dominate society, and that was the passion for money.3 Although these businessmen accumulated more wealth than the rest of society combined, there were those few who contributed to the welfare of others. These philanthropist, Carnegie and Rockefeller, contributed to the common good of the country, which helped steer the U.S. in a positive direction after the Civil War. Andrew Carnegie believed that the best and only way to go about charity would be do donate while one is still alive. In his own words “ they have it in their power during their lives to busy themselves in organizing benefactions from which the masses of their fellow will derive lasting advantage, and thus dignifying their own lives.”4It was philanthropists such as these who contributed to this regeneration of the U.S. There were also programs such as The Social Gospel Movement who contributed by alleviating poverty,

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