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Post by Rita Semaan on December 29, 2015

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The Rise of the Industrial U.S.

  • Early factories produced consumer goods and then gradually, capital goods began to drive America’s industrial economy during this “Age of Steel”
  • Steel making was revolutionized: the Bessemer process (Henry Bessemer)--the process of refining raw pig iron & making steel
  • Andrew Carnegie was the first American to fully exploit Bessemer’s invention by erecting a steel mill outside Pittsburgh, PA
  • RR construction increased and gov also helped underwrite the cost of RR construction although it was primarily paid by free enterprise; corporations with limited liability gave RRs a boost as well
  • Investment banks (J.P. Morgan & Co & Kuhn Loeb & Co.) helped forge better rates via interlocking directorates (when the same directors ran competing companies) & used monopolistic practices
  • The big business model used by the RR companies spread to other industries: corporate consolidation. Some businesses used vertical and horizontal integration.
  • John D. Rockefeller used vertical and horizontal integration to control the oil business with Standard Oil.
  • Labor strikes, anti-trust laws, and the Supreme Court began to challenge monopolies: the Great Strike of 1877, the Sherman Antitrust Act, etc... but the federal government tended to advocate for laissez-faire policies
  • Critics of greedy capitalists and cut throat competition named the era the “Gilded Age” and called the businessmen “robber barons”

The Rise of the Industrial U.S.

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  1. Intro
    • Overview
      • The Age of Steel
      • Andrew Carnegie
      • Two Carnegeian Influential Ideologies
      • The Railroad Business
      • Map of Railroad Development
        • Corporate Consolidation
        • Corporations
        • Cornelius Vanderbilt
        • “Modern Colossus of Roads” by Joseph Keppler in Puck in 1879
          • The Great Strike of 1877
          • John D. Rockefeller
          • Vertical and Horizontal Integration
            • Gustavus Swift and Philip Armour's Meatpacking
            • Other Businesses
            • Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890
            • Laissez-Faire, and the Gilded Age
            • The Gilded Age
            • Robber Barons: History Repeats Itself
              • Robber Barons
                • Example 1
                  • Example 2
                    • Example 3
                      • Intro 0:00
                      • Overview 0:06
                      • The Age of Steel 2:37
                        • The Bessemer Process
                        • Andrew Carnegie
                        • U.S. Steel Corporation
                      • Andrew Carnegie 5:16
                        • Rags to Riches
                        • Vertical Integration
                        • Carnegie Steel
                      • Two Carnegeian Influential Ideologies 7:38
                        • Social Darwinism
                        • William Graham Sumner
                        • Gospel of Wealth
                        • Philanthropy
                      • The Railroad Business 12:26
                        • Increase of Railroad Construction
                        • John Murray Forbes, Cornelius Vanderbilt and James Hill
                        • Investment Banks
                      • Map of Railroad Development 14:44
                      • Corporate Consolidation 15:44
                        • Scarcity of Jobs and Money
                        • The Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890
                        • Corporate Consolidation
                      • Corporations 18:54
                        • Corporation
                        • Limited Liability
                        • Dominated by a Few Individuals
                        • Big Four
                      • Cornelius Vanderbilt 21:40
                        • Robber Baron
                        • Horatio Alger
                        • Synonym for Enormous Wealth and Excessive Corporate
                      • “Modern Colossus of Roads” by Joseph Keppler in Puck in 1879 24:56
                      • The Great Strike of 1877 25:28
                        • Railroad Mogul
                        • The Great Strike of 1877
                        • Fall of Railroad Building
                        • Manufacturing Output Increased
                      • John D. Rockefeller 28:35
                        • Black Gold
                        • Horizontal Integration
                        • Cut-Throat Competition
                      • Vertical and Horizontal Integration 30:29
                      • Gustavus Swift and Philip Armour's Meatpacking 31:45
                        • Dominated Meatpacking
                        • Refrigerator Cars
                      • Other Businesses 32:31
                        • Tobacco, Farm Machinery, Sewing Machine and Cereals
                        • Cartels
                        • Trusts
                      • Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 33:50
                        • The Basic Federal Antimonopoly Law
                        • Congress Government Intervention in the Free Economy
                        • United States v. E.C. Knight
                        • Standard Oil Company v. United States
                      • Laissez-Faire, and the Gilded Age 37:48
                        • Laissez-Faire Approach
                        • Industrial Giant
                        • The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today
                        • Democratic Vistas
                        • Chromo Civilization
                      • The Gilded Age 39:58
                        • Glittery
                        • Crass Corruption
                      • Robber Barons: History Repeats Itself 41:26
                      • Robber Barons 42:31
                      • Example 1 43:13
                      • Example 2 45:29
                      • Example 3 46:53