The Andrew Carnegie Reader

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“Andrew Carnegie is the only American entrepreneur who could have won distinction as an author, even if he had never seen a steel mill,” writes Joseph Frazier Wall. A skillful and prolific writer, Andrew Carnegie published sixty three articles in major magazines of his time, such as The North American Review, and eight books. Although he is best remembered today for the radical philosophy expressed in the title essay of his book The Gospel of Wealth, his other writings are ...

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“Andrew Carnegie is the only American entrepreneur who could have won distinction as an author, even if he had never seen a steel mill,” writes Joseph Frazier Wall. A skillful and prolific writer, Andrew Carnegie published sixty three articles in major magazines of his time, such as The North American Review, and eight books. Although he is best remembered today for the radical philosophy expressed in the title essay of his book The Gospel of Wealth, his other writings are readable and provocative.

The Andrew Carnegie Reader is the first anthology to bring together in a single volume a representative selection of Carnegie’s writings which show him as a shrewd businessman, celebrated philanthropist, champion of democracy, and eternal optimist. Carnegie’s first letter to the editor at the age of seventeen was the beginning of a lifelong attempt to satisfy an insatiable journalistic desire. Always voluble and candid, Carnegie was as active with his pen as with his tongue.

This intriguing collection covers sixty years of the industrial giant’s life, from his letters to his cousin George Lauder, written in 1853, to the final chapter od his autobiography, completed in 1914. In his own simple, abrupt style, colored with fierce optimism, Carnegie captivated his audience.

Although most of the selections were penned for an audience now long gone, today’s reader will be intrigued by the pertinence and timelessness of Carnegie’s hopes for world peace, his views on labor, and his concern for better race relations in America and their continuing applicability to humankind. A brief essay by the editor introduces each selection.

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Joseph Frazier Wall is professor emeritus of history at Grinell College in Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
I Prelude: The Making of the "Self-Made Man" 1
1 Parents and Childhood 3
2 Dunfermline and America 16
3 Letters to George "Dod" Lauder 25
II Carnegie at Work, Making Money 29
4 How I Served My Apprenticeship 31
5 Memorandum of 1868 40
6 The Road to Business Success 42
7 The Age of Steel 51
8 My Experience with Railway Rates and Rebates 79
9 An Employer's View of the Labor Question 91
10 Results of the Labor Struggle 102
11 The Homestead Strike 114
III Carnegie at Work, Giving Away Money 125
12 The Gospel of Wealth According to St. Andrew 129
13 Carnegie's Report on Spreading the Gospel 155
IV Carnegie at Work, Playing 167
14 On Books, Theater, Music, and Keeping the Sabbath 169
15 Round the World 175
16 Our Coaching Trip 188
17 Letters from Skibo 202
V Carnegie, the Pundit 205
18 Democracy: "The Republic" 207
19 Capitalism: "The Bugaboo of Trusts" 221
20 Populism: "The ABC of Money" 232
21 Progressivism: Trusts, the Bane of America 259
22 Socialism: "Individualism versus Socialism" 262
23 Race Relations: "The Negro in America" 272
24 Imperialism: "Distant Possessions: The Parting of the Ways" 294
25 Pacifism: "'Honor' and International Arbitration" 305
VI Coda: The Undoing of the Self-Made Pacifist 317
26 Meeting the German Emperor 321
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