Was Andrew Carnegie a Hero?

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  • Topic: Andrew Carnegie, Philanthropy, Carnegie Steel Company
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Andrew Carnegie grew up in Dunfermline, Scotland and immigrated along with his family to the United States in the late 1800s. He worked his way up from being a poor Irish immigrant to become one of the most famous industrialists that helped transform the U.S steel industry in the late 19th century. Andrew Carnegie was a hero in many ways. One reason why Andrew Carnegie was a hero was because of his influences on renovating the American steel industry which helped create the U.S a world power. Secondly, Andrew Carnegie was a hero is because he helped create jobs that employed many Americans. Finally, Carnegie was a hero is because he was one of the most influential philanthropists. First, Andrew Carnegie was a hero because he was the primary reason why the United States became a world power in the steel industry. Carnegie wasn’t always the rich man we have believed to be. He was once a poor little boy living in an attic room above his father’s weaver’s shop. (Doc 1) His mother raised him to believe that once day they wouldn’t be living in the conditions they were in, mainly because his mother wanted to live the wealthy life. Once Carnegie immigrated to the U.S, he worked in a factory and later moved to working in the Pennsylvania Railroad Company living with a modest income. He later continued to grow and created the Carnegie Steel Company which brought the United States as one of the top steel manufacturers in the world. Part his success was because of his innovations with the steel refineries. He brought a way mass producing steel in a cheap why by introducing the Bessemer process. He also brought new form of management control by integrating all suppliers of raw materials into one company (Doc 5). This helped by lowering the costs of manufacturing and selling steel goods at a fair price (Doc 4). Carnegie always believed that growth was essential in any civilization. By living by this motto, he helped the steel industry in the U.S emerge into one of the most...
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