Actions and contributions of Andrew Carnegie and Upton Sinclair

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Artem Ilyayev


During the course of U.S history, the actions and contributions of certain individuals have had an enormous impact upon American society. Andrew Carnegie, Upton Sinclair and are a few individuals that had a profound affect on the past and the present. Even though each individual had his or her own goals and ambitions, their life efforts are worth remembering.

During the late nineteenth century rapid industrialization paved the way for extreme economical wealth of many business. In accordance with the overflowing wealth in the nineteenth century, many individuals held similar but yet contrasting views toward the wealth that was created in the United States. Among these individuals were Andrew Carnegie. Andrew Carnegie, the steel king, created the capitalistic tactic of vertical integration. This combined all the phases of manufacturing into one organization and allowed him to control all phases of production. He was also one of the best-known philanthropists who devoted the latter part of his life to giving away most of the huge fortune he had amassed in the steel industry.

Following the principles laid down in his essay "Gospel of Wealth." Carnegie returned over $300 million to society, primarily through foundations and trusts.

Another influential individual that had a profound affect on the American society was Upton Sinclair. With the increase of wealth in the American society during the Industrial Revolution, corruption ran rampant and uncontrolled. Upton Sinclair was one of the many muckrakers during the progressive period, who tried to expose the horrors that the cities had tried to cover up. Through the use of literature, he made the public aware of the unsanitary conditions with the food industry. His book entitled "The Jungle" was about an immigrant who arrives in America full of hopes and dreams in the busy, flourishing, filthy Chicago...