Andrew Carnegie 's The Fittest

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Andrew Carnegie was a man who believed in the phrase “Survival of the fittest.” He became a shining example of this quote by climbing the ladder from a lowly Irish immigrant to one of the richest men in history. Through aggressive and sometimes unethical means, Carnegie was able to establish firm dominance over the steel industry in the late 19th century and through the early 20th century. The manner in which Carnegie treated his workers, the government, and his competition ensured that he would forever be remembered as a industrial legend. From underpaying his employees to buying out his competitors, Carnegie continued to make the maximum amount of profit in mind (Valentine, Baker).
Being a man coming into America with nothing and climbing up to become one of the richest men in the world, he would eventually become the poster boy for every “Rag to Riches” story. Before he became the multi-million dollar tyrant we all know him as, his first job was a in a factory working as a bobbin boy. He received a measly dollar and twenty cents a week (Carnegie 34). It can be implied that this is why Carnegie was a firm believer in social darwinism and the concept of free enterprise, Carnegie believed that opportunity was there for anyone willing to seize it. He expressed these beliefs and demonstrated that they worked using his cutthroat business tactics and other unethical acts he committed to ensure dominance in the steel industry. Even in times of unrest and an almost stagnant…
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