Meritocracy in america discussion in 'politics and news' started by martin, jan 9, 2005 martin lifer would-be horatio algers are finding it no easier to climb from rags to riches, while the children of the privileged have a greater chance of staying at the top of the social heap (andrew carnegie poured millions into free libraries. Horatio alger jr (/ ˈ æ l dʒ ər / january 13, 1832 – july 18, 1899) was an american writer, best known for his many young adult novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty. That the dream of triumphant prosperity so consistently and perplexingly eludes so many, despite heroic effort and toil, is, alas, also familiar hardly surprising, argues carnegie mellon historian sandage: it turns out that americans are much less andrew carnegie and more willy loman. In 1905, the industrialist andrew carnegie had given $10 million to endow the carnegie foundation for the advancement of teaching, which provided much-needed financial assistance to us colleges. Nathan barash english 370: advanced composition spring 2015 education means success horatio alger’s book along with two supplementary sources about andrew carnegie displays one common theme each source depicts the position of education for a working-class person and how it can lead towards success.
Horatio alger: horatio alger, one of the most popular american authors in the last 30 years of the 19th century and perhaps the most socially influential american writer of his generation alger was the son of a unitarian minister, horatio alger, sr, who tutored him in reading from the age of six the young. Andrew carnegie has been viewed by some historians as the prime representative of the industrial age and by others as an industrial leader atypical of the period assess the validity of each of these views. In the mountains above johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them andrew carnegie, henry clay frick, and andrew mellon. Almost all of the ﬁctional businessmen appearing in american literature, however, were based on the public reputations of a few titans, only some of whom were in the chamber’s membership (among them j pierpont morgan, john d rockefeller, andrew carnegie, “commodore” vanderbilt, william h vanderbilt, cornelius vanderbilt ii, john.
The novel does not focus on ragged dick’s character, which changes very little it concentrates instead on the outward signs of his progress john d rockefeller and andrew carnegie are two of the best-known examples the son of a peddler, rockefeller rose to dominate the oil industry the lost life of horatio alger, jr bloomington. Andrew carnegie essay written by [email protected] a man of scotland, a distinguished citizen of the united states, and a philanthropist devoted to the betterment of the world around him, andrew carnegie became famous at the turn of the twentieth century and became a real life rags to riches story. He curried favor with captains of industry such as andrew carnegie and roger baldwin who eventually set him up for life the horatio alger myth, and capitalism i believe that his moral character is something to be admired and to emulate. However one person, andrew carnegie, fit the mold perfectly he was born in scotland and his family moved to the united states when he was just thirteen years old they were very poor when the arrived, and like most immigrants andrew had to work at a textile mill to help support his family. Book description: presenting the first look at self-made men and women from a multicultural perspective, jeffrey louis decker discusses the emergence of self-starters like andrew carnegie, booker t washington, madam c j walker, and lee iacocca in relation to the changing consumer markets of the twentieth century.
The lack of focus on the self-made man in recent times is remarkable when one considers how intensely, and how long, it has functioned as a central trope of the american experience the self-made man represented a heroic ideal crucial figures here stretch from andrew carnegie (archetype of the self-made man as immigrant) to thomas. The parts of horatio alger's message that often got lost was the virtue of the character and not just the luck of the character during his life, people just ignored the fact of willpower and hard work was needed to get up there but only great luck. To have all three in one is a heroic undertaking not only that, the great care that has been taken in selecting and evaluating a wide spectrum of historical factors/facts and views in the on-going scholarly debate and then in weaving them together in a consistent and coherent fashion makes for a masterpiece of scholarship. Revisiting tristana tristana begins a life-changing relationship with a painter named horatio susan polansky, head of carnegie mellon university’s department of modern languages and teaching professor of hispanic studies, recently published an unabridged version of the famous novel her goal was to help students develop their reading.
Carnegie, who based his claim on research done at institutes founded by the industrialist andrew carnegie (unrelated), thus enshrined for americans the notion that leadership was the key to. Popular hero borne along on the tide of black popular culture, garvey's memory has attained the status of a folk myth and writings reflect the impact that such classic success treatises as booker t washington's up from slavery and andrew carnegie's just as the philosopher-ruler is the central theme of plato's republic, so is garvey. Andrew carnegie was born on november 25, 1835, in dunfermline, scotland after moving to the united states, he worked a series of railroad jobs by 1889 he owned carnegie steel corporation, the.
Andrew carnegie quotes view the list the first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell andrew carnegie leadership, man, oyster, first, shell and while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department. Ragged dick (1867) horatio alger the new york city of the mid-19th century was an awful place for many of its inhabitants areas such as five points (setting for the movie gangs of new york ) were dangerous and filthy, filled with abandoned or neglected childrenmany slept outside at night, and most wore assemblages of badly-fitting 'ragged' clothes. New york city’s economy surely benefitted from robber barons like john d rockefeller, cornelius vanderbilt, andrew carnegie, jay gould, and jp morgan some of the wealthiest names in the country lived in new york.
Even such titans as andrew carnegie and john d rockefeller, whose companies supplied the basic ingredients of the industrial revolution (steel and oil), made their first pile through political cronyism and clever salesmanship rather than technological innovation. The rags to riches stories that horatio alger jr wrote in the late nineteenth century helped the population of the united states believe the myth that anyone could work hard and become rich, a self made man. There are two horatio algers, one elizabeth champney (volume one of her witch winnie series), one martha finley (elsie on the hudson), four oliver optics, and five isabella aldens (all individual novels no series) listed in the rhinelander inventory all were acquired between 1898 and 1900.