Perhaps the most successful story of entrepreneurship in a young America began with the arrival of a poverty-stricken, Scottish-American immigrant family. Enter, Andrew Carnegie. From his first interaction with the Industrial Revolution, Andrew knew he had a choice to make for his life: he could learn to take advantage of new technology, or he could let it take advantage of him. Skilled factory labor became automated by steam-powered machines, and suddenly they were left struggling. “It was burnt into my heart then that my father had to beg for work. And then and there came the resolve that I would cure that when I got to be a man.” His humble work beginnings as a cotton factory bobbin boy, and telegraph service messenger, compelled him to pay attention to advancement opportunities and assume more diverse responsibilities. The Civil War catalyzed the iron industry, but by the time it was over, manufacturers were ragged.Shown in RIFF SAWN APPALACHIAN WHITE OAK + STAINED IN SAHARA + IRON BASE
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