What does Andrew Carnegie say about how big businesses or wealth is good for America? How does he justify his answer? I want to know what he basically thinks about the Gilded Age.  

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Andrew Carnegie supported big business and believed strongly that it is acceptable for people to accumulate wealth. Andrew Carnegie would have felt comfortable with what was happening in the Gilded Age.

Andrew Carnegie believed in the concept of Social Darwinism. He believed that the strongest and fittest people and businesses should survive. He believed those who weren’t as creative and efficient in business were hurting our economy and shouldn’t be supported. Andrew Carnegie was a strong believer in competition. He believed the strongest competitors would be the ones who survived.

Andrew Carnegie did believe that those who were wealthy had an obligation to help those who were less fortunate. In what was known as the Gospel of Wealth, Andrew Carnegie believed in using his money to help people. For example, he used his money to build many libraries. He wanted to do things that would help people improve their condition instead of just giving handouts to people. While Andrew Carnegie supported Social Darwinist ideas, he did feel a need to soften the harshness of this philosophy by becoming a philanthropist.

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