The Rise of the Industrial Age

Christopher Rooney

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Andrew Carnegie

Who: He was a very wealthy man. He started as a telegrapher then invested in the railroad business.

What: He founded the steel industry.

Where: He was born in Scotland and died in Massachusetts. He made the steel industry in Pittsburgh.

When: In 1901, he sold his business and dedicated his time to expand his philanthropic work.

Why: We would never have steel appliances if he hadn't founded the steel industry.

Citation: Bio. True Story. Andrew Carnegie Biography. Bio. True Story. 2/5/14.

Wikipedia. Andrew Carnegie. Wikipedia. 2/5/14.

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Thomas Edison

Who: He was an inventor and a businessman.

What: He invented the lightbulb and the motion picture.

Where: He worked at a laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

When: In 1876, he moved his expanding operations to New Jersey to build an independent industrial research facility.

Why: We would never have a lightbulb to see into the darkness and they work better than candles.

Citation: Ask. Where Did Thomas Edison Work. Ask. 2/6/14.

Bio. True Story. Thomas Edison Biography. Bio. True Story. 2/6/14.

Wikipedia. Thomas Edison. Wikipedia. 2/6/14.

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Rise of Unions

Who: Wealth V. Hunt held, it was not illegal for workers to organize a Union.

What: They wanted better working conditions and better living conditions.

Where: They were only planning to stay in America until they got enough money so they can return to their homelands.

When: One group emerged in 1869 named the Noble and Holy Order of the Knights of Labor.

Why: If they wouldn't have done that, we would still have longer work days and still have horrible working conditions.

Citation: AP U.S. History Notes. Rise of Unions. AP U.S. History Notes. 2/6/14.

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Union Pacific

What: Union Pacific Railroad is the largest freight railroad in the United States.

Who: President Abraham Lincoln approved and provided for the construction by signing the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862.

Where: Union Pacific Railroad runs from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean.

When: July 1, 1862 is when Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act.

Why: The Union Pacific was important to the government because it helped the military during the Civil War.

Citation: Wikipedia. Union Pacific Railroad. Wikipedia. 2/6/14.

Union Pacific. The History of Union Pacific Timeline. Union Pacific. 2/6/14.