Liberty and Responsibility in the World of the Robber Barons

This will be a four-session application based colloquium style discussion that will rely heavily on participant preparation and involvement. Registrations must be approved by Institute staff.


This conference will provide attendees the opportunity to examine the rise of the United States to economic power during this period from the standpoint of the industrialists themselves. Questions that will be addressed include: How did these businessmen and entrepreneurs view what they were doing? How did they view the changes they were making in society, the business tactics they were employing, and the wealth they were making? How were they, in turn, viewed by their surrounding communities?

Conference readings pair selections from the classic book by Edward Kirkland, Dream and Thought in the Business Community, 1860–1900 with primary source readings from the period.

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