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Carnegie Gives Money to Build Libraries
March 12, 1901

Carnegie devoted the rest of his life to writing and using his vast wealth to give back to society. Carnegie founded 2,509 libraries in the English-speaking world, including ones in Michigan, Ohio, Vermont, Alabama and Washington, D.C. He also helped found Carnegie Mellon University. At the time of his death in 1919, he had given away over $350 million. If you made a fortune would you give it away to charity? To what cause would you give your money?
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