From the YAWP readings, consider William Graham Sumner’s thoughts on Social Darwinism and Andrew Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth. How do Sumner and Carnegie differ on their responses to the extreme economic inequality of the late 1800s?
How does Carnegie’s version of “civilization” compare to yours?
Do you agree or disagree with Carnegie’s words: “Neither the individual nor the race is improved by almsgiving.” Why?
How would paying workers higher wages, which would afford them “greater leisure time” and more spending money, profit society as a whole?
What surprised you the most from the video of the Statue of Liberty being assembled?
What methods did the schools use to Americanize the immigrants?
During this era of big business and rapid industrial growth, why did the rich continue to get richer and the poor just get poorer?
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