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The Robber Barons

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:29 AM
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When the names Carnagie, Rockefeller, and Pullman come to mind,

  most of us automatically think of what we saw or read in our history

  books: "These men were kind and generous and through hard work and

  perseverance, any one of you could become a success story like them,"

  right?   Wrong.   I am sick of these people being remembered for the two or

  three "good deeds" they have done.   Publicity and media have exaggerated

  the generosity of these men, the government has spoiled these names with

  false lies, and people have been blind to see that these men were

  ruthless, sly businessmen who were motivated by your money and their

  struggle for power.

  George M. Pullman is best remembered for his contributions to the railroad

  industry through the invention of his Pullman Cars.   The cars sold well

  and the railroad industry flourished with this new invention.   Although

  the success attached to his name, not many people know the real truth

  behind this robber baron.   His greed for money took him to extreme

  measures as his workers were seriously mistreated and put under strict

  restrictions.   For instance, every worker had to live in his village

  (Pullman, IL) and under no circumstances was anyone allowed to leave.   The

  people had to buy from his store, pay him rent, and attend work every day.

  People who did not abide were heavily penalized by their name being

  written on black book (which meant that this worker couldn’t get a job in

  any other industrial field).   How many history books teach such in-depth

  details like these?

  Another prime example of the acts of a robber baron can be seen through

  the actions of John D. Rockefeller.   A picture in my history book shows a

  group of people watching an old Rockefeller crouch over to accept a flower

  from a...


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