Andrew Carnegie

Essay 1 (First Draft)

Here you will submit your first draft of Essay 1. Your final draft of this paper will be submitted at a later date. The paper should be 800-1000 words (3 to 4 pages), double spaced, and 12 Pt. Font Times New Roman. Please include a title of your paper, name, and date.

This paper is based primarily on:

  • Henretta, ed. Chapter 17: The Gilded Age: Building a Technological and Industrial Giant and a New Social Order Sheets, Sources for America’s History,
  • 1 “Industrialist Justifies Fortunes Used for the Common Good (Andrew Carnegie, Wealth, 1899)

Do not use outside online sources or texts!

Topic Prompt

What argument does Andrew Carnegie make about the uses to which the great fortunes of industrialists should be devoted? Citing examples from the essay, in what ways does Carnegie make his argument as persuasive as possible? Do you agree with his argument? Using evidence from the essay and/or textbook explain why you agree or disagree with his argument.


  • Consider the question. Read the entire chapter and the document carefully. Take notes as you read.
  • Make sure that you answer fully each question in the essay prompt.
  • Your opening paragraph introduce the main idea that you would like the reader to understand after having read your paper. The introduction also should introduce the reader to what you will cover in the essay. Think of the introduction as a road map for the reader.
  • Many effective opening paragraphs include a thesis statement.

A thesis statement

  • tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.
  • is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
  • directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel.
  • makes a claim that others might dispute.
  • is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.

For help on writing a thesis statement, see:

Gordon Rule Writing Course Guidelines:

AMH 2042 is a Gordon Rule Writing Course. Students demonstrate “college-level writing skills.” At FIU, college-level writing is defined as that which exhibits the following characteristics:

  • It has clear purpose and thesis or controlling idea.
  • The thesis is supported with adequate reasons and evidence.
  • It shows sustained analysis and critical thought.
  • It is organized clearly and logically.
  • It shows knowledge of conventions of standard written English.
  • It shows awareness of disciplinary conventions in regard to content, style, form, and delivery method.

Please Note: For the purposes of writing papers, the use of Wikipedia,, and other non-scholarly websites is prohibited. Papers should be based primarily on the reading assignments. You may also refer to scholarly books and articles secured via the online databases JSTOR and Project Muse.

Documenting Your Sources

Please use the Chicago Manual Style Guide’s (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. “notes and bibliography” system to cite your work.


  1. James A. Henretta et. al., America’s History Vol 2. Since 1865. 8th (Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s Press, 2012), 458
  2. Henretta ed., America’s History, 459.


Roark, James L. et. al. The American Promise: A History of the United States 5th ed. Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s Press, 2012.

How do I insert a footnote? (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Add a footnote

  1. Click where you want to add the footnote.
  2. Click References > Insert Footnote.

Word inserts a reference mark in the text and adds the footnote mark at the bottom of the page.

  1. Type the footnote text.

 Tip: To return to your place in your document, double-click the footnote mark.

Late Paper Policy

Please note that late papers will be penalized a letter grade for each day that the paper is late.

Plagiarism Policy

Please avoid websites such as “course hero” that allow you to purchase old papers.

  1. This Policy views plagiarism as one form of academic misconduct, and adopts the definition of the university’s Code of Academic Integrity, according to which plagiarism is

    the deliberate use and appropriation of another’s works without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. Any student who fails to give credit for the ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is guilty of plagiarism.

  2. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:
    1. Term papers acquired online or from other sources;
    2. Copying of original material without attribution;
    3. Use of other students’ work;
    4. Copying and pasting, verbatim, information from Internet sources, without quotation marks and correct citation.
    5. Lack of in text citations or footnotes.
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