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Captains of Industry In my opinion the period of 1865 to 1914 can be called the second industrial revolution The revolution provided great opportunities as well as troubling times This movement allowed United States to become the powerful and potent nation that it is now America was molded by the power of the great industrialists These industrialists can be rightfully and deservedly be called Captains of Industry I start by asking myself what does the word Captain mean to me A captain is someone who leads The age of industry had many captains who contributed to the movement in their own field These men changed America and at the same time made their fortunes and reputations In my essay I will discuss three of these captains Note Mr Baskind I felt that if I started listing each and every industrialist I would simply overwhelm the reader I selected three main ones to illustrate their positive role in industrial age when proving the Robber Barons I used other examples to make the argument Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt consolidated the railroad system Andrew Carnegie revolutionized the steel industry Thomas Edison discovered electricity and the ability to transmit it There were a countless number of these leaders who played a major role in the development process In the 19th century America was significantly changed by a progressive movement which strived to gain an economic opportunity religious morality political honesty and social stability The efforts of the famous progressives have shaped one of the most powerful nations in this world The United States is ahead of most of other countries in the business world and continues to make the better products Nevertheless America wouldnt be so economically strong without the contributions of wealthy industrialist who showed the world a profitable and proper way to operate a business These industrialists who I will confidently call the Captains of Industry revolutionized America from the ground up The development of a new railroad
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