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Andrew Carnegie Andrew Carnegie The Rise of Big Business Andrew Carnegie was born in Dumferline Scotland in November of 1935 His parents were Will and Margaret Carnegie He also had a brother Tom The main income for the geographic location where he grew up was weaving linen The people who engaged in this type of employment considered this an art since it had relatively unchanged since medieval times Andrews father was one of those craftsmen Since there had been so little change in this type of work they were really caught off guard when machine production came around For some this industrialization was good The Carnegies were lead to believe that this was the way they should be headed At first the returns were good for them but prices and demand fell and they were left without anything The whole looming industry was virtually gone and with that it was clear that there would be no trade for Andrew to learn They had received letters from time to time about th e possibility of work in America After the looms fell through for them they realized that they didnt have much of a choice of what to do So they borrowed the money for the voyage from Scotland to New York in the hopes of having a fresh start Losing everything they had didnt sit well with Andrew or his mother The family left in shame and determined to make it in there new environment Upon arriving they immediately set out for work Will found door-to-door work with a loom Margaret with shoe binding and Andrew found work as a bobbin boy in a local textile mill Andrew was a hard worker and had the ability to adapt to any type of work He was offered a job as a messenger boy for a telegraph company and he jumped at the opportunity to get out of the terrible conditions of the mill Andrew seemed to
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