Carnegie's Model Republic
Triumphant Democracy and the British-American Relationship
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: State University of New York Press
CARNEGIE’S MODEL REPUBLIC
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MY GREATEST DEBT is to Dean Glenn C. Altschuler, Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University, whose wise counsel improved two earlier versions of this book. Other drafts were read by Professors Irwin Unger of New York University, Gertrude Himmelfarb of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Carnegie’s ...
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ANDREW CARNEGIE, a world-famous industrialist and philanthropist, was also a highly renowned writer and political activist. Apart from two diaries of his travels that he published, he wrote many essays that arose out of his experience in becoming America’s greatest steelmaker and amassing the prodigious wealth that making and selling steel produced. He is best ...
1. The Road to Triumphant Democracy
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WHEN IT BURST into the British-American world of politics and ideas in mid-April 1886, there could be no mistaking the importance and theme of Andrew Carnegie’s Triumphant Democracy. Running over five hundred pages, the ornate and massive volume commanded immediate attention. More than the great majority of his fellow captains of industry, Carnegie ...
2. Major Themes
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THE OPENING PARAGRAPH of Carnegie’s Triumphant Democracy arrestingly summed up the theme of his volume. What he laid out in the following twenty chapters was a detailed statistical and analytical support of those opening words. The paragraph was the one virtually all of his reviewers cited—indeed, the one with which they began their reviews. In that way, ...
3. The Antithesis of Models
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The words stood out in the concluding paragraphs of Triumphant Democracy, a fervid peroration in a chapter that summarized America’s incomparable achievement. In that sentence, Carnegie was doing more than congratulating the transatlantic fraternity that had made a political philosophy of what they saw as the irreconcilable conflict between monarchies ...
4. Reconciling Ideals
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MORE THAN ANY other event, the American Civil War marked a change in the antithesis of ideals between the United States and Great Britain. The end of slavery enhanced America’s appeal to the leaders of British political reform and to Britain’s working classes. The victorious Union could now be hailed as an effective democratic polity, all the more so in the light of the ...
5. The British Critique
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TRIUMPHANT DEMOCRACY appeared on Saturday, April 17, 1886. The press on both sides of the Atlantic greeted it with scores of reviews. What they said constituted a transatlantic colloquy, all the more so as Andrew Carnegie was quite literally a transatlantic figure, an inhabitant if not quite a citizen of two worlds. ...
6. Affirming America
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IN THE TRANSATLANTIC dialogue between the kindred polities that Andrew Carnegie’s book evoked, how would his American reviewers respond to what he had written about their society? Positively, one would imagine, and for the larger part so they did. But the conversation was more with themselves than with their British compeers. The British had to defend ...
7. The Pan-Anglian Persuasion
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THE APPEARANCE OF Sir Charles Dilke’s Greater Britain in 1868 marked a new turn in the British-American relationship. His preface sounded its principal theme: “Through America, England is speaking to the world.”1 That Dilke’s book gained a wide popularity and influence in Britain signaled a changing British perspective on the connection between the two ...
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TRIUMPHANT DEMOCRACY embodied Carnegie. From its publication to the years of his retirement from actively participating in public affairs, he resounded its basic themes. And yet, ironically it might have seemed in light of his impassioned commitment to his book’s message to the British political world, events he could hardly have anticipated, in a sudden rush, ...
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A Brief Note on Sources
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WHAT WERE THE SUBSTANCE and importance of Andrew Carnegie’s Triumphant Democracy? The sources I have consulted in trying to answer this question appear in the notes I have cited in my chapters. I have situated myself at the intersecting point of Carnegie and the place of his book in the British-American relationship. Because the literature on this subject is ...
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Publication Year: 2007