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Andrew Carnegie: Man of Steel

Clip: Season 30 | 1m 17s

His family arrived in the United States penniless, but by the end of the Gilded Age, Andrew Carnegie had amassed an unimaginable fortune. As the nation rapidly industrialized, Carnegie cornered the market on steel — the material needed to build the railroads that fueled the boom. Filmmaker Sarah Colt introduces the Gilded Age titan.

Aired: 01/23/18

Rating: NR

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