Carnegie had humble beginnings, starting from the bottom and coming to the top. Most people in his time were either born rich and stayed rich, or were born poor and stayed poor. He managed to break this cycle, making him a Captain of Industry.
Carnegie worked hard to get where he was. He closely watched the progress of his business, his competitors, and the stock market to be in the best control of his company and grow his wealth. Work smart, make money, be a Captain.
Carnegie was insightful. He was always looking for a way to get ahead of his competitor. When he heard of the revolutionary Bessemer process, he immediately took advantage of it and changed the steel industry forever.
Andrew Carnegie, as well as many other Americans from the Gilded age left a huge impact on America that still stands today. Without them, America would be a very different place.
Cornelius Vanderbilt payed for Grand Central Station to be built in New York, NY. Over 750,000 people go through the station each day making it a hub of transportation.
As mentioned before, Andrew Carnegie made the creation of steel much more efficient through the Bessemer process. This allowed for further innovation of architecture.
Magnates of the Gilded age weren't perfect. They had poor conditions for their workers and payed a low salary. But good things did come out of this. Today we have labor laws, which ensure the safety of workers and a minimum wage so that workers can support themselves.