Biography of Andrew Carnegie Essay

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Biography of Andrew Carnegie Andrew Carnegie was born into a poor working class family living in the town of Dunfermline, Scotland, in 1835. His father operated a small hand looming business located in the family home. The Carnegies was literate, well read, and active in the politics of the day. It was a time of repression of the Scottish worker by the Government, the employers, and the culture. Rebellious in thought as well as actively participating in protests was part of the Carnegie family life style. He was exposed to all of Scotland’s dramatic portrayal of Scottish Heroes. He learned the poetry and songs that were filled with the heroics of the underdog and their fight for equality. Andrew Carnegie’s mother was the strong parent…show more content…
He had been offered free tickets which enabled him to become acquainted with Shakespeare’s plays. While other young men lives were filled with work, pleasure, and home, Andrew’s life was filled with work, school, drama, and reading. He took advantage of the chance to study in a private library and then he encouraged other young men to join him. He said, "I knew nothing of the base and vile. I had always been brought in contact with good people. This was the world in which I dwelt with my companions, all of them refined young men, striving to improve themselves and become respected citizens" (Carnegie 65). "I went to school at night and read history and classics on weekends. Every step of the way—factory drudge, office boy, messenger, I pushed myself hard, mastered my duties, maximized opportunities, and waited with self-assurance the arrival of the next chance". There are many theories on why this Scottish immigrant succeeded in the "land of opportunity". It couldn’t be based solely on the fact he spoke English and was literate. He was one of among thousands of other Scottish immigrants who came to this country searching for economic opportunity. Louis Hacker expounds on one theory on what drove him, Because of his father’s failure, because of his deep devotion to a mother . . . perhaps more because of the unequal society from which he had come and which had squandered talent so stupidly, Carnegie
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