Captain Of Industry Essay

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10/2/08 During the Industrial Period, a “robber baron” was though of as a deceitful schemer while a “captain of industry” was someone who used their success for the betterment of mankind. The successful businessmen were usually given the robber baron label, due to their sometimes questionable approach to commerce, but were genuinely stripped of their correct label. These mavericks were trying to establish a more secure economy and earned everything they worked for making every small business man having an opportunity to become a big one. They, as well, gave back as much as they took in their philanthropic deeds for the country. Despite the sometimes immoral methods of achieving success, the successful businessmen of the time facilitated the economy, worked for every penny they earned and gave back to humanity with their success therefore making them worthy of the “captain of industry” title. The post-Civil War era was a time of innovation the United States with the most awful situations typically being the poor financial circumstances. Everyone knew that if the prices went down, people would buy and the economy would thrive. The captains of industry did everything…show more content…
These national landmarks only account for some of the major structures built in New York City but the captains of industry gave back everything they earned with their hefty and accommodating benevolent deeds. Despite their questionable approach to business, it was men like John D. Rockefeller who donated over “$500,000,000 in Yale University, the Y.M.C.A., General Education Board, etc” (Document 18). The philanthropic efforts of these men became a common cornerstone and truly encapsulated the extreme decency given back, despite how much they may have taken
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