Westward Expansion Expands
America builds up and expands its power to a global scale
Robber Barons were industrialists who used illegal practices to build up and broaden their companies while also using those illegal practices to rid the smaller competition. These Robber Barons gained political power to benefit the company and to keep growing.There is both proud and shame with Robber Barons. Some just took money for personal gain and a stronger influence in the government, others gave back and built facilities that would benefit the public. Those who gave back part of what they earned were known as Captains of Industry. An example of man who was both a Robber Baron and a Captain of Industry is Andrew Carnegie.
Rockefeller and Oil Companies
Not all the money went to Rockefeller. He gave money back. Despite the greed of the monopoly, the Standard Oil Company should not be something to be ashamed about. The product supported the economy and Rockefeller donated portions of the money back.