Andrew Carnegie And The Gospel Of Wealth

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Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was a major American industrialist in the late 19th century and after obtaining substantial wealth from his steel industry, became an advocate for giving back to the less fortunate. Carnegie’s desire to donate to those less fortunate came from past experiences, growing up as an immigrant and working in a cotton factory young. He knew and understood the hardships that people faced when not able to acquire the type of wealth he rose to earn. Through his long life this atypical businessman advocated for many and dedicated the later years of his life to promoting the general welfare of the world.

After having enough of the steel industry in which Carnegie built from the ground up, with little training and knowledge in the field, other than his past experiences from working on the railroads and investing in oil and iron companies, The Gospel of Wealth (1889) was written. At the time of booming industry, few men had the opportunity to amass such vast fortunes such as Carnegie, and in writing The Gospel of Wealth (1889), Carnegie wanted to inspire to those with money to donate and give back to the less fortunate, and life with be better for everyone. He penned that greedy men who let their money die with them are a disgrace, and that the wealthy have a sort of obligation to promote the common welfare for the average American. Although Andrew Carnegie did not write any other essay, he donated millions of dollars, funded libraries, and supported a
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