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Meet Amazing Americans Industrialists & Entrepreneurs Andrew Carnegie
1877 drawing of railroad strikers
Railroad workers preparing to stop work, or "strike," for better pay and working conditions

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Andrew Carnegie and His Parents
Carnegie's mother taught him that he needed to put his own needs before those of others in order to survive. This is a direct result of the family's poverty, especially after his father died.

You can see how his mother's values influenced him by some of his actions. In 1865, someone told Carnegie that the railroad workers were about to strike and gave him a list of the strike organizers. Carnegie gave the information to his boss, who fired everyone on the list. So the strike was broken before it even began. What do you think about what Carnegie did? How do you think his actions affected him later in life?

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