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For centuries, Americans have valued and hoped
to accomplish the American Dream.  Harold C. Livesay defines the American Dream as “the enduring belief that people
can rise above their origins…and
through hard work,
honesty, and thrift
achieve positions of power and influence” (Livesay 1).  While many citizens
aspire to achieve this goal, not all succeed.  Aspects of
Carnegie’s story
testified to the promise of the American dream in the late nineteenth century, while other aspects showed
why the dream would remain out of reach for the majority of American workers. 
Andrew Carnegie grew up in Scotland, then immigrated to America
with his family and met multiple people that contributed greatly to his later
success in life.  Aside from Carnegie, most immigrants could not
achieve the American dream because of the lack of connection.  

Andrew Carnegie
was a poor immigrant from Scotland who did not go to school, but worked as a bobbin boy for
12 hours a day and 6 days a week in a cotton mill.  His weekly
salary was about one dollar,
but he worked his way up the social ladder by becoming a telegrapher and private
secretary to Thomas A.
Scott, the president of
the Pennsylvania Railroad.  His company later became the largest
private business and the standard railroad of the world.  At age
twenty-eight, Carnegie was appointed the
manager of the company.  Next, Carnegie discovered the iron business, dropped everything else, and became completely
invested in it.  The company that he was a part of was very successful
because many railroad companies used the iron that was made to convert wooden
bridges into iron railroads.  After spending years in the iron business, he took a trip to Europe
where he met Henry Bessemer,
a man who changed his life forever.  Bessemer invented the
steelmaking process,
which encouraged Carnegie to leave the iron business for steel.  When he returned from his trip, Carnegie began to obtain the
components that would later be known as the Carnegie Steel Company.  This was “his most spectacular achievement” because the company soon
became “the world’s
largest steel producer” (Livesay 33).  In his later years, he wanted to retire so he sold his company
for 480 million dollars to JP Morgan, his competitor,
which made him the richest man in the world.  Contrary to
what many people would do,
Carnegie donated much of his money towards educational purposes such as
universities, libraries, and education opportunities. 

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Although many
people might think that Andrew Carnegie had it easy, he definitely did not.  He came from a
poor family in Scotland,
where his dad worked as a hand weaver.  Due to changes in the
labor, the Carnegie
family fled to America and settled in Pennsylvania to start a new life.  As soon as they got to America, Carnegie started to work, getting paid as little as one
dollar an hour.  Through networking, he met Thomas A. Scott,
who “provided Carnegie
with the strong father figure he had never had” (Livesay 52).  Both Scott and Carnegie
were “poverty-stricken” and lacked “paternal leadership” as children, but they had “a restless drive to succeed, an ability to master detail…and a determination to
acquire” the culture
that denied them (Livesay 52).  Under Scott’s advisement, Carnegie was informed about
investment opportunities in the business of railroads.  He
slowly started to learn about the business and put in work to succeed in it. 

One of the major
traits of the American Dream is a strong work ethic.  Carnegie
developed a strong work
ethic when he was a child because he wanted to be the most efficient he could
be in each job he had.  This later helped him to try his hardest in
everything that he did,
even if it was a small task for Scott.  In addition, Carnegie was very thorough
in whatever he accomplished,
which aided him to become a better businessman.  Over the
years, he accumulated
enough money for there to be a safety net in case something were to happen.  While other companies had to cut back during
times of economic decline, he
expanded and made more money because of his efficiency.  Because
of his efficiency in the steel company, his competitors had to either “emulate or eliminate him” (Livesay 33). 

Also, another one of the main
traits of the American Dream is being generous.  People thought
that Carnegie would be extremely selfish because of his wealth, but he was the opposite.  In the late years of his life, after he had sold his
company, Carnegie
empathized with the working class because that reminded him of what he once was.  He made eight-hour workdays instead of the normal twelve-hour workdays.  By doing this, he wanted to make the workers not dread coming to
work each day because all the workers are trying to do is provide for their families.  Carnegie also gave back to the community by
donating money for libraries,
universities, and
financial support for educational opportunities.  While Andrew
Carnegie accomplished the goal of the American Dream, this goal is not realistic for most American
workers. 

It is a rarity
that a person would actually achieve the whole American Dream.  When Americans were asked what the American
Dream was they replied with career success, material influence, or happiness, but there are challenges to each and every one of
the three.  Immigrants from all over the world fled their
home countries in order to try to achieve this new dream.  They,
not only do they have to try to find a job and provide for their families, but they have to adapt to
the new culture of America.  A major disadvantage of immigrants was the
language barrier.  Many immigrants only knew how to speak their
native language and, for many high-paying jobs, you had to be able to speak English.  What helped Andrew Carnegie that was he knew
all of the right people that could help him succeed in his career.  In addition, the men that Carnegie worked under were extremely
plugged into society and helped Carnegie understand all of the different ways to achieve a successful business. 

Andrew Carnegie
was one of the few people that actually obtained the American Dream.  Through hard work, a strong work ethic, and selflessness, Carnegie beat the odds and accomplished the almost
impossible.  The American Dream is practically
unattainable to most Americans because it is one in a million chance that you meet the right
people that can change your life forever.  It is very
difficult for immigrants, who
do not even know how to speak English, to be in a steady,
high-paying job that could lead them to great success.  

For centuries, Americans have valued and hoped
to accomplish the American Dream.  Harold C. Livesay defines the American Dream as “the enduring belief that people
can rise above their origins…and
through hard work,
honesty, and thrift
achieve positions of power and influence” (Livesay 1).  While many citizens
aspire to achieve this goal, not all succeed.  Aspects of
Carnegie’s story
testified to the promise of the American dream in the late nineteenth century, while other aspects showed
why the dream would remain out of reach for the majority of American workers. 
Andrew Carnegie grew up in Scotland, then immigrated to America
with his family and met multiple people that contributed greatly to his later
success in life.  Aside from Carnegie, most immigrants could not
achieve the American dream because of the lack of connection.  

Andrew Carnegie
was a poor immigrant from Scotland who did not go to school, but worked as a bobbin boy for
12 hours a day and 6 days a week in a cotton mill.  His weekly
salary was about one dollar,
but he worked his way up the social ladder by becoming a telegrapher and private
secretary to Thomas A.
Scott, the president of
the Pennsylvania Railroad.  His company later became the largest
private business and the standard railroad of the world.  At age
twenty-eight, Carnegie was appointed the
manager of the company.  Next, Carnegie discovered the iron business, dropped everything else, and became completely
invested in it.  The company that he was a part of was very successful
because many railroad companies used the iron that was made to convert wooden
bridges into iron railroads.  After spending years in the iron business, he took a trip to Europe
where he met Henry Bessemer,
a man who changed his life forever.  Bessemer invented the
steelmaking process,
which encouraged Carnegie to leave the iron business for steel.  When he returned from his trip, Carnegie began to obtain the
components that would later be known as the Carnegie Steel Company.  This was “his most spectacular achievement” because the company soon
became “the world’s
largest steel producer” (Livesay 33).  In his later years, he wanted to retire so he sold his company
for 480 million dollars to JP Morgan, his competitor,
which made him the richest man in the world.  Contrary to
what many people would do,
Carnegie donated much of his money towards educational purposes such as
universities, libraries, and education opportunities. 

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Although many
people might think that Andrew Carnegie had it easy, he definitely did not.  He came from a
poor family in Scotland,
where his dad worked as a hand weaver.  Due to changes in the
labor, the Carnegie
family fled to America and settled in Pennsylvania to start a new life.  As soon as they got to America, Carnegie started to work, getting paid as little as one
dollar an hour.  Through networking, he met Thomas A. Scott,
who “provided Carnegie
with the strong father figure he had never had” (Livesay 52).  Both Scott and Carnegie
were “poverty-stricken” and lacked “paternal leadership” as children, but they had “a restless drive to succeed, an ability to master detail…and a determination to
acquire” the culture
that denied them (Livesay 52).  Under Scott’s advisement, Carnegie was informed about
investment opportunities in the business of railroads.  He
slowly started to learn about the business and put in work to succeed in it. 

One of the major
traits of the American Dream is a strong work ethic.  Carnegie
developed a strong work
ethic when he was a child because he wanted to be the most efficient he could
be in each job he had.  This later helped him to try his hardest in
everything that he did,
even if it was a small task for Scott.  In addition, Carnegie was very thorough
in whatever he accomplished,
which aided him to become a better businessman.  Over the
years, he accumulated
enough money for there to be a safety net in case something were to happen.  While other companies had to cut back during
times of economic decline, he
expanded and made more money because of his efficiency.  Because
of his efficiency in the steel company, his competitors had to either “emulate or eliminate him” (Livesay 33). 

Also, another one of the main
traits of the American Dream is being generous.  People thought
that Carnegie would be extremely selfish because of his wealth, but he was the opposite.  In the late years of his life, after he had sold his
company, Carnegie
empathized with the working class because that reminded him of what he once was.  He made eight-hour workdays instead of the normal twelve-hour workdays.  By doing this, he wanted to make the workers not dread coming to
work each day because all the workers are trying to do is provide for their families.  Carnegie also gave back to the community by
donating money for libraries,
universities, and
financial support for educational opportunities.  While Andrew
Carnegie accomplished the goal of the American Dream, this goal is not realistic for most American
workers. 

It is a rarity
that a person would actually achieve the whole American Dream.  When Americans were asked what the American
Dream was they replied with career success, material influence, or happiness, but there are challenges to each and every one of
the three.  Immigrants from all over the world fled their
home countries in order to try to achieve this new dream.  They,
not only do they have to try to find a job and provide for their families, but they have to adapt to
the new culture of America.  A major disadvantage of immigrants was the
language barrier.  Many immigrants only knew how to speak their
native language and, for many high-paying jobs, you had to be able to speak English.  What helped Andrew Carnegie that was he knew
all of the right people that could help him succeed in his career.  In addition, the men that Carnegie worked under were extremely
plugged into society and helped Carnegie understand all of the different ways to achieve a successful business. 

Andrew Carnegie
was one of the few people that actually obtained the American Dream.  Through hard work, a strong work ethic, and selflessness, Carnegie beat the odds and accomplished the almost
impossible.  The American Dream is practically
unattainable to most Americans because it is one in a million chance that you meet the right
people that can change your life forever.  It is very
difficult for immigrants, who
do not even know how to speak English, to be in a steady,
high-paying job that could lead them to great success.  

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