Project: The Men Who Built America
CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY OR ROBBER BARONS
The Gilded Age
I can write a persuasive essay arguing whether an industrialist was a captain of industry or robber baron.
CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY OR ROBBER BARONS
A Robber Baron is defined as one of the American industrialists (big business leader) of the late 19th century who became wealthy by unethical (cheating) means, such as questionable stock market operations and exploitation (unfair and selfish treatment) of labor. The term robber baron was originally used in the 12th and 13th centuries to describe feudal lords who robbed travelers passing through their kingdoms
Point of View
Another view of the big business leader is that of a captain of industry. This term describes these powerful business men as ingenious (inventive skill and imagination) and industrious (hard working) leaders who transformed the American economy with their business skills. They were praised for these skills as well as for their philanthropy (charity).
Were the founders of American industry, Robber Barons, who were bad for America?
Were the founders of American industry, Captains of Industry, who were good for America?
STEP 1: BRAINSTORMING
EVALUATING THE INDUSTRIALIST
Choose a Subject
Evaluating Point of View
Choosing a Point of View
After you have an X on the spectrum for every example you gave, look at the spectrum. Where do most of the "X's" lie? Are they on the Robber Baron side or Captain of Industry Side? Once you have counted, you have your answer. Write your answer on the My Point of View Line in your Packet.
STEP 2: ORGANIZING
PROVING YOUR POINT ABOUT YOUR INDUSTRIALIST
STEP 3: DRAFTING
CREATING A ROUGH DRAFT OF WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY
STEP 4: REVISING
MAKING YOUR POINT SOUND REALLY GOOD!
STEP 5: EDITING
FINISHING THE ESSAY & MAKING SURE YOU WROTE IT WELL!
STEP 6: PUBLISHING
SUBMITING YOUR ESSAY
END OF THE MEN WHO BUILT AMERICA PROJECT
Captains of Industry
A captain of industry is defined as a business leader that benefits the nation in a positive way. This includes increasing the availability of goods, creating more and new jobs, and donating money to benefit the well being of the people.
Robber Barons Or Captains Of Industry Dbq
While ruthless capitalists all played a critical role in America's rise as a super power, the actions they had taken to do so were not only corrupted and greedy but also easily avoided. Through the use of lower wages, union exterminations, and channeling money towards buildings rather than people, robber barons abused their positions. Today's views of fairness prove that these employers were exactly that-thieves and exploiters.
Industrialists of the time period abused their positions to justify cutting wages through political machines, forcing their employees into twelve hour work days, and firing bottom line workers, in the belief that this was vital for the growth of the United States. They believed that without lowering the wages of their employees, products like steel would not be affordable. However, lowering wages was never an essential measure to make steel affordable; this was all a plot to squeeze any possible revenue from the business. In Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science by E. Lavasseur [Doc F], Lavasseur introduced a weaver in England who said that "he had worked seventeen years in England, and that conditions were much better than in America." If England had treated its workers as well as this weaver suggested and remained an industrial giant, America could have followed in its footsteps and achieved the same prosperity through better means.
In his 1889 essay "The Gospel of Wealth", Andrew Carnegie [Doc C] states that it is up to the rich to bring to the poor their "superior wisdom, experience, and ability to administer."...
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