Essay: Captains of Industry or Robber Baron You have now learned about one big business leader of the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries. Along with your biographies of each (Rockefeller, Carnegie, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Bill Gates, J.P. Morgan, Lee Iacocca) you are going to come to your own conclusion as to whether each man should be viewed as a captain of industry or robber baron.
Robber Barons essays. Document Set B: They found the loopholes in the system and used them to their advantage. The business prospered and soon became extremely lucrative. Progress was in the air and ideas were sprouting. The gross national product national income almost doubled during the period and the per capita GNP increased by 35 percent.