As his secretary you were in charge of many things

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As his secretary you were in charge of many things, but first and most you sent and received all his messages by 1
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telegraph. In fact, Scott sent so many messages that the two of you ended up sharing the same office to save time between messages. This arrangement not only saved time but served to be an excellent education for you. You were given a front row seat in how to run a successful business and how to handle the daily operations of the trains. One day there was a nasty train wreck that left clogged the tracks so badly that it w as causing a train back up across the nation. Unable to find Mr. Scott, you began to give orders over the telegraph in his name. In less than an hour the problem was solved. Fearing that you had gone too far, when Scott returned you explained everything. He checked on your work and seeing that everything was indeed working fine, he promoted you, making you his partner. In 1860, the Civil War broke out. You began to realize that America needed iron in order to fight and in order to make anything of value. Taking a huge risk, you resigned from Mr. Scott’s company and bought an iron company. Within three years the business was booming. You were only 33 years old. At 35 you resigned, taking two years off and traveling the world, reading and visiting the world’s museums. In London, you met an inventor named Henry Bessemer who had a new process for creating what he called steel, a combination of iron and other alloys that was lighter but stronger than standard iron. You realized that this was the next thing. You invested heavily in it and opened up a brand new steel plant in Pittsburgh. This choice would make you one of the most rich men in the history of the world. You soon became the steel king with plants all over the eastern seaboard. Carnegie Steel Corporation was the preeminent steel maker and seller in the world. The wealthier you became the more literary you became as well. You began to write books about business and life and even started a magazine for a while. In an article you wrote for your magazine you described what you referred to as the Gospel of Wealth . In the Gospel of Wealth, you argued that it was the responsibility of the wealthy to take care of and make life better for the poor and the downtrodden. You argued that those who die rich die in disgrace. You attempted to use this and other articles to pressure other wealthy corporate owners (your friends) to give generously to philanthropic causes. Even though you wrote articles like this one, “muckrakers” of the time, socially conscious journalists called you a tyrant and a robber baron. They accused you of using unfair labor practices, unfair business practices and of forgetting where you came from. You lashed back in article after article defending yourself arguing that you believed in the workers right to organize, to form unions and even to go on strike.
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