Harold Livesay's Andrew Carnegie and the Rise to Big Business portrayed Andrew Carnegie as a perfect example of the American Dream. From rags to riches is a journey that Andrew Carnegie portrayed through out his life. He was born into poverty in Scotland, moving to America in 1848. Andrew Carnegie started as a bobbin boy to one of the first tycoons of big business in America. With the jobs he did hold he applied the knowledge and techniques from job to job to generate his fortunes. Through seeing the importance of educating himself, he gave back to which he took so much from. By doing so, he ensured the future of making the American Dream possible for anyone, citizen or immigrant.
Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835, in Dunfermline, fourteen miles north of Edinburgh. The son of a hand weaver, he never really received a formal education. When steam machinery for weaving came into use, Andrew Carnegie's father sold his looms and household goods, and sailed to America with his wife and two sons. At this time, Andrew Carnegie was twelve, and his brother, Thomas, was five. On June 5th, 1984, the sailing ship left the port of Glasgow, heading to New York. Arriving into New York on July 15, 1848, the Carnegies' wasted little time settling in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, where their relatives already lived. This was Andrew Carnegie's first step of being able to become more than just weaver like his father, which was common during this period of time.
Allegheny, Pennsylvania provided Andrew Carnegie's first job, as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory, working for $1.20 a week. Carnegie occasionally merited a temporary clerical assignment in the factory office. This opportunity provided "Carnegie's first exposure to accounting." At age 15, while working as a temporary clerical, he decided to learn double-entry booking keeping, which he enrolled into night school. He prided himself on knowing the... [continues]
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