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Harold C. Livesay
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Characteristics of Carnegie's American Dream

The concept of the American Dream 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. Popularity of the American Dream in early days is evidenced by the tens of millions of people that immigrate from the Old to the New World. Their experience embeds the dream into America much stronger than the few that stand out in unparalleled success, like Carnegie, Guggenheim and Vanderbilt. Typically the nineteenth century pattern begins with pioneers who leave the homeland and urge friends and relatives still there to join. For example, Margaret Carnegie's sister, Annie Aitken precedes her to America and offers rent-free housing. Within two years of arriving in America, the Carnegies regain their fortune; with the help of friends, relatives, and countrymen they earn more income than...

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