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Andrew Carnegie

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Andrew Carnegie

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  • Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919) was born in Scotland. In 1848 he immigrated to the United States. Through a series of successful investments, he acquired a massive fortune.
  • Wealth was published in the June 1889 issue of The North American Review. In this essay, Carnegie argued that wealthy people like himself had a duty to use their wealth to benefit humanity.
  • Wealth was published at a time of growing concern about economic inequality. The wealth of men like Carnegie stood in sharp contrast to the condition of most Americans.
  • Carnegie argued that the concentration of extreme wealth in the hands of a few was inevitable.
  • Carnegie proposed that wealthy philanthropists such as himself use their wealth to alleviate inequality.
  • An underlying motivation of the essay was to denounce the need for unions.
  • Carnegie's essay, which was later republished as The Gospel of Wealth, has influenced many philanthropists.
  • Critics, in Carnegie's time and now, have argued that Wealth is little more than a justification for maintaining structural inequality that benefits a wealthy few.


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