Andrew Carnegie Prince of Steel A&E Biography Video

To continue the study of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s influence on American culture. 

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Students will:

  • Learn about the life story of Andrew Carnegie
  • Understand the impact of his philanthropic giving during the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Understand the concept of “Robber Barons” and philanthropic giving prior to tax laws
  • Understand and appreciate the efforts of the Carnegie Corporation today
  • Understand why some question Carnegie’s legacy

Harris, Bill (A&E Director) (1995). Andrew Carnegie: Prince of Steel [Television series episode]. In Rick Davis (Producer), Biography.  A&E Television Networks.  []



Photo credit: Andrew Carnegie is licensed under LC-B2- 2863-5

  1. Watch “Andrew Carnegie: Prince of Steel” Biography video.

  2. Follow with class discussion.


Students discuss whether they think Carnegie was an effective philanthropist for his time or whether he could have made more substantial contributions with changes in the working conditions in his factories.