Leaders of Industry

January 26, 2018

The freshmen American History class has been studying the Industrial Revolution. One part of this unit is learning who the important leaders of this era were. Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and Henry Ford are names synonymous with innovation and big business in America. They all built empires and created advances in technology. They helped shape the country in its early days by doing things such as developing the models for modern railroads, creating the modern financial system and making cars accessible to the masses. The men came from different beginnings to build their respective empires, which helped formulate the concept of the American Dream. 

For a few of the lessons they watched parts of The Men Who Built America. A documentary presented on The History Channel that focused on five titans of industry. Through archival footage, interviews with historians and current leaders, and dramatic reenactments, the series showed how between the Civil War and World War I, men like John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie helped create modern day capitalism. These leaders formed the foundation of today’s industry.