Captain of Industry Position Paper
September 29, 2014
Andrew Carnegie went from nothing to everything in the span of his 84-year life. Some people think that he was a horrible person for how he treated his workers, but others think that it balances with how much he gave back. I think that not only was what he did with all his money truly amazing, but also he worked hard for the money he had. Nothing was given to Carnegie. He started out as a poor Scottish immigrant then worked everyday to support his family, and by the end was the wealthiest man of his time.
Andrew Carnegie was born and raised in Scotland then moved to the United States in 1848, at the age of 13. His father was a craftsman and refused to waste his talent by working in a factory so it was up to Andrew to provide for his family. He worked hard for very low pay. With every job he had he became more successful, he was never content with an average position. In his work at the railroad, Carnegie made investments that paid off. He started his own businesses working with Steel, a new industry for that time. He is often created for the creation of the Steel Industry. He not only started the industry but also turned into a monopoly that he controlled.
Andrew Carnegie did indeed treat his workers poorly with bad factory conditions and low pay, they suffered while they worked but his gifts to the community after the money was made were so large I think this made up for it. He justified this by using maximum efficiency for maximum profit. For example, once he purchased a machine that his workers figured out that cost too much for how much it would give Carnegie, so Carnegie told the worker to tear it down and build a new one more effective.
I believe that the end does indeed justify the means of getting there, Carnegie gave huge amounts of money back into the community for the benefit of everyone not only the wealthy. He did use some of the money he earned for personal reasons like buying...