Gilded Age

Kameron Jaeger

Andrew Carnegie

Who: Andrew Carnegie was born on November 25, 1835 in Dumfermline, Scottland. He earned $1.20 a week at a factory at age 13 in Pennsylvania

What: Andrew Carnegie founded Carnegie Steel Company in 1892. In 1901, Carnegie sold his business to the United States Steel Corperation for $480 million.

When: Carnegie had a strong interest to peace, so he formed the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace In 1910.

Where: His first career was at Pennsylvania Railroad Company. He found steelworks near Pittsburg, that evolved into the Carnegie Steel Company.

Why: He is important because we use steel for many bridges, buildings, industries etc. Steel is also useful for over water bridges because it doesn't rust.

Thomas Edison

Who: Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. He was one of 7 children raised by Samuel and Nancy Edison.

What: Thomas Edison invented over 1,000 new products in the 19th century. Including the light bulb, which we have today.

When: Some of his products were the light bulb, telegraph, phonograph, storage batteries, and a motion picture projector. He would've made many more if he wouldn't have died on October 18, 1931.

Where: His family moved to Port Huron, Michigan in 1854. In 1866, at age 19, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky.

Why: He is important because he either invented or had ideas for many of the things we have today.

Haymarket Riot

Who: Workers from the Harvesting Machine Company in Chicago went on strike on May 3, 1886.

What: It began as a peace rally for a shorter work day and better wages, but it turned into a horrible bombing.

When: An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb on May 4, 1886. During the time, people were earning a whopping $1.50 per work day

Where: The Haymarket Riot was at the Haymarket square in Chicago.

Why: This event is important because it really brings out that we need to have reasonable work hours and wages, otherwise sometimes a strike might lead to a riot

Central Pacific

Who: Chinese peasants from the Canton province began arriving on the California shores in 1850.

What: They searched for jobs in mines and on railroads.

When: They started working on the railroad in early 1865 when they had 4,000 men which was enough to start.

Where: Sacramento, California was the starting point of the railroad, and it met the Union Pacific's railroad at Promontory, Utah.

Why: This was important because it began the start of trying to expand transportation across the United States.

MLA citing

Andrew Carnegie: "Andrew Carnegie" 2014. The Biography Channel Website. Feb 05 2014, 5:50

Thomas Edison: "Thomas Alva Edison" 2014. The Biography Channel Website Feb 05 2014, 4:55

Central Pacific: "Workers Of The Central Pacific" 2014. Americanexperience website:

Haymarket Riot: "The 1885 Haymarket Square Riot in Chicago" 2014. History1800sabout website