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Cornelius Vanderbilt

United States financier who accumulated great wealth from railroad and shipping businesses (1794-1877)

Alexander G. Bell

American inventor of the telephone

Thomas Edison

Inventor of lightbulb, phonograph and numerous other innovations

Andrew Carnegie

Built a steel mill empire; US STEEL

John D. Rockerfeller

often referred to as the richest person in history, this man founded Standard Oil and became a philanthropist who contributed to many worthy projects including but not limited to medicine, scientific research and education.

Samuel Gompers

United States labor leader (born in England) who was president of the American Federation of Labor from 1886 to 1924 (1850-1924)

Vertical Intergration

acquiring control of all the steps required to change raw materials into finished product

Horizontal Intergration

term for allying with competitors to monopolize a given market


Men that were known for monopolistic corpurations

Union Pacific

railroad which extended from Omaha, Nebraska westward

Central Pacific

railroad which extended from sacramento, california eastward


an association formed by farmers in the last 1800s to make life better for farmers by sharing information about crops, prices, and supplies

US Steel

powerful and wealthy 19th century steel corporation founded by Andrew Carnagie and JP morgan

Gospel of Wealth

People in the world who were destined to become rich and help society

New south

Term that identified southern promoters' belief in the technologically advanced industrial South

Haymarket Riot

A planned strike by the Knights of Labor results in police confrontation and a bomb

American federation of Labor

Federation of craft labor unions lead by Samuel Gompers that arose out of dissatisfaction with the Knights of Labor

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