The wave of industrialism that we have been studying was often driven by a few great men known as industrialists. There can be no mistakingtheir motives: wealth. There is some debate, however, on the how history should portray these industrialists.Some feel that the powerful industrialists of the gilded age should be referred to as "robber barons." This view accentuates the negative. Itportrays men like Vanderbilt and Rockefeller and Ford and cruel and ruthless businessmen who would stop at nothing to achieve great wealth.These "robber barons" were accused of exploiting workers and forcing horrible working conditions and unfair labor practices upon the laborer.Another view of the industrialist is that of "captain of industry." The term captain views these men as viewed ingenious and industrious leaderswho transformed the American economy with their business skills. They were praised for their skills as well as for their philanthropy(charity).