Ragtime - Study Guide Chapters 19-21 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 19. The narrator introduces J.P. Morgan, one of the pioneers of banking and financing. J.P. Morgan is an incredibly wealthy man with an interest in art, and specifically Egyptian art. He despises other men of his social status, as he finds them dull. However, J.P. Morgan sets up a meeting with Henry Ford as he believes they are two of a kind.

Chapter 20. Henry Ford accepts J.P. Morgan’s invitation to lunch at his home on Madison Avenue. The two tour the library, and Ford makes an anti-Semitic remark. J.P Morgan asks Ford about his religious beliefs; Ford hesitates to answer. They continue the tour with J.P Morgan’s ancient Greek and Egyptian artifacts. Morgan expresses the belief that the purpose of science is to destroy apprehension of reality. He invites Ford to join him on a trip to Egypt to...

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