Before you do your research, read through these quotes and pick which industry leader you'd like to research and investigate.
"It shall be the rule for the workman to be Partner with Capital, the man of affairs giving his business experience, the working man in the mill his mechanical skill, to the company, both owners of the shares and so far equally interested in the success of their joint efforts."
"I have been insane on the subject of moneymaking all my life."
"You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I'll ruin you."
"Well, I don't know as I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell how to do what I want to do."
"If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it."
John D Rockefeller
"A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship."
"Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it."
"I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living."
As you are doing your research, be sure to answer these following questions:
1. What is their background and history? Did their past influence their success?
2. What industry did they control? Did they have any competition?
3. If so, how did they deal with competition?
4. What were some of the main criticisms about the leader?
5. Did they have any positive contributions to society?
6. Lastly, decide whether they were a robber baron or a captain of industry.
Here are some recommended websites, but you use other resources:
John D. Rockefeller
After your research is complete, find 2 people in the class that did research on the same industry leader. Your group will combine efforts to create a newspaper article on Google Docs. In your article, you want to present your findings and your conclusion. Be sure to include pictures.
Each group of three will submit their article via Google Docs, and present to the class the findings in their article, and their decision to classify their leader as a robber baron of a captain of industry.