Progressive Era Super Team
Booker T. Washington (Booker Thing Washington)
Andrew Carnegie grew up poor working in a cotton factory in Pittsburg. He would soon rise to superintendent of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1859. By his early thirties Carnegie would become a wealthy businessman from investments in oil and iron companies. In the early 1870s Carnegie began a career in the steel business. He founded his first steel company in Pittsburg in the 1870s. Once he had enough money in 1892 he used his primary holdings to begin Carnegie Steel Company. Carnegie used vertical integration, when a business expands itself into areas that are at different points on the same production line, in order to grow his steel business. By 1879 Carnegie's company manufactured nearly all of the steel in America. In 1901carnegie sold his company to J.P. Morgan for 480 million. Carnegie has the power to mass produce steel from the ground pulling liquid iron from the ground and creating steel in seconds giving him the name "Man of Steel"
Other terms from the progressive era: muckrakers exposed corruption in major businesses, suffrage the right to vote as the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote, trust busting when the government activities seek to dissolve corporate trust and monopolies.