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Andrew Carnegie on the Gospel of Wealth Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline Scotland in 1835 His father Will was a weaver and a follower of Chartism a popular movement of the British working class that called for the masses to vote and to run for Parliament in order to help improve conditions for workers The exposure to such political beliefs and his familys poverty made a lasting impression on young Andrew and played a significant role in his life after his family immigrated to the United States in 1848 Andrew Carnegie amassed wealth in the steel industry after immigrating from Scotland as a boy He came from a poor family and had little formal education The roots of Carnegies internal conflicts were planted in Dunfermline Scotland where he was born in 1835 the son of a weaver and political radical who instilled in young Andrew the values of political and economic equality His familys poverty however taught Carnegie a different lesson When the Carnegies emigrated to America in 1848 Carnegie determined to bring prosperity to his family He worked many small jobs which included working for the Pennsylvania Railroad where he first recognized the importance of steel With this recognition he resigned and started the Keystone Bridge Company in 1865 He built a steel-rail mill and bought out a small steel company By 1888 he had a large plant Later on he sold his Carnegie Steel Company to J P Morgans US Steel Company after a serious bloody union strike He saw himself as a hero of working people yet he crushed their unions The richest man in the world he railed against privilege A generous philanthropist he slashed the wages of the workers who made him rich By this time Carnegie was an established successful millionaire He was a great philanthropist donating over 350 million dollars to public causes opening libraries money for teachers and funds to support peace In the end
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