Americ Pain Vs Gain

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America: Pain vs Gain The late 19th century of America is best known for the increase of goods made by machine. Prior to this movement, industries were run primarily by highly skilled craftspeople. As 19th century America progressed, it became increasingly difficult to make a living as a craftsperson; it became easier to work in a factory under wage labor. This movement was viewed quite differently from many different people. There were a great deal of positive aspects, but a great deal of negative ones as well. Many historical figures documented their views of this movement in writing; among these are Andrew Carnegie with “Andrew Carnegie Hails the Triumph of America” in 1885, and Henry George with “Henry George Dissects the Paradox of Capitalist Growth” in 1879. Among the people who viewed the rise of industrial America as great was Andrew Carnegie. In “Andrew Carnegie Hails the Triumph of America,” Carnegie lists ethnicity, equality, education, and the “superiority of the conditions under which [America] has developed” (2) as the causes that led to the rapid growth of America. Throughout his essay, Carnegie continuously praises the conditions of industrial America and looks forward to the wonderful future it holds. At no point in his writing does Carnegie take into consideration the hardships that the rise of industrial America could cast upon people; he merely viewed the positive aspects. Unlike Carnegie, Henry George addresses both the positive and the negative

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