Many people believe that these "Robber Barons" were evil, heartless men that took advantage of the poor and the downtrodden. They feel that the workforce employed by these men was nothing more than a group of indentured slaves. "Here was a population, low-class and mostly foreign, hanging always on the verge of starvation, and dependent
for its opportunities of life upon the whim of men every bit as brutal and unscrupulous as the old-time slave drivers;" (Sinclair 106). "The corporate robber barons and monopolists of the 19th century stole from the poor while the government looked the other way."(Gallagher) These industrialists made an enormous amount of money from their businesses and controlled their various markets through vast monopolies. They paid their workers very little money for extended periods of labor, and would continuously think of new wa...
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...than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."(Henderson)
Andrew Carnegie: A Tribute. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. 3 Aug. 2004
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Gallagher, Bill. "Bush Tax Policy Favors Robber Barons." Niagara Falls Reporter 3 Jun. 2003. Niagara Falls Reporter Archive. Niagara Falls Reporter. Mesa Verde High School. Citrus Heights. 30 Sept. 2004 .
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