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Gilded Age Essay

1522 words - 7 pages

History 1302
November, 13, 2013

Thesis statement: during the gilded age there were created several documents that
expressed the way the different social groups were thinking and feeling with the changes in
the society.
There is no doubt the gilded age was a key historic moment in the developing of
the United States of America to become the place that now we know, during this period the
economy growth thanks to the combination of certain factors such as the appearance of great
businessman who built the corporations that were the bases of the economy and a huge
improvement in the technology. This historic moment set the path to became into the society
that now we are. The ...view middle of the document...

He criticized the system by complaining about how it is
supposed to be perfect in theory but it is changed in the practice to protect all of these
incredibly important businessmen. This is what he said but he omitted to show the version of
the businessmen, the might differ to what Demarest was saying and maybe had some
evidence to back them up , but we cannot know that because he only focused on what he
thought was the best for the majority. The truth is that he openly exposed what the majority
of the citizens were thinking. This document seems to show pretty much what was really
happening in that age, he have reason in a large number of his statements.
We already saw the opinion of the majority in the words of Henry Demarest, now
is time to see the story from the other side from the eyes of one the most important
businessmen of all time; Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie as said It before had a great importance
during the period of the gilded age, he wrote a document called “wealth” in 1889. This
document was created to try to put in plain words what the essential goal really was for the
wealth people and their wellness. Carnegie focused on how the wealth people should think.
“the biggest problem of our age was the proper administration of wealth” Andrew Carnegie
(52), this was a statement Carnegie made to show how the wealth is not equal for all.
He also remarked that luxuries became more necessaries during this age by comparing what
the past generations had and what newer generations were able to afford, he mentioned that
there were just a few of wealth people for a reason, the less wealth people were, the most
powerful they could be, this means that they could be able to make bigger changes for the
benefit of all. He truly believed in always doing something good for society, he thought that
the best way to really help society was to give them the spaces to develop a high cultural
environment such as libraries, museums, and parks instead of wasting the money in worthless
charities . This is the opinion of one the best businessman the earth has known. In this
document he defended the wealthy people by showing the world what the wealthy people
was trying to do for society. This document creates controversy because in one hand we have
the worker class that is not happy with how this system worked for them and in the other we
have the rich people who is saying that they only want the good for the society. I think
Carnegie is right in the way he is trying to improve society but this doesn’t mean that all the
wealthy people were thinking the way he was. Carnegie set the principles for wealthy people
who helped the society, even other tremendously wealthy businessmen will join him in the
quest for that perfect utopia. However during that period they weren’t too many the projects
created by the wealthy people for the good of society, they were more likely to focus on their
own benefit.

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