* The "American dream" characterizes America, which refers to the continuing belief that people can rise above humble beginnings by hard work, honesty and thrift to reach a position of power and influence in America.
* Tens of millions immigrate from the Old to the New World to embed the dream into an image of America that is not diminished by war, depression and industrialization experienced from the nineteenth through the twenty-first century.
* The poor Scot Andrew Carnegie is irrefutable proof of the American dream as Carnegie became the richest man in the world.
* Carnegie perfects business techniques to transform an iron and steel industry comprised of many small producers into "big business" for the first time.
* Carnegie's career begins on July 15, 1848, when he and his family, parents Will, Margaret and his brother Tom, sail from Great Britain with fellow Scottish passengers.
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