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Captain of Industry Essay


You are to write an essay on ONE captain of industry. Pick from the list below:

1. John D. Rockefeller Sr. (1839) - oil

2. Leland Stanford (1824) - railroad

3. James Jerome Hill (1838) - railroad

4. Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794) - railroad

5. John Pierpont Morgan (1837) - banking

6. Henry Ford (1863) - automobile

7. George Eastman (1854) - camera

Your essay should include:

- date and place of birth

-date and place of death

-the name of the business(es) he started

-any obstacles he faced while building his business

-any strategies he used that were considered unfair

-specific ways he used his money to help society

Other details:

-include a cover page that includes the person's name and picture

-Cover page shoudl have your name in MLA style in the bottom right corner

-your report should be 1 1/2 to 2 pages long, double space, 12 point font

-Last page must be a works cited with, at least, 3 sources, one of which is a book

Database and Web Resources

USE THESE RESOURCES BEFORE GOING TO GOOGLE! You will be amazed by how much you find:

Biography- Search for your Captain of Industry in the search field in the upper right corner.

World Book Online : Use the User ID and Password from the librarian access biographies of these Captains of Industry. Click on World Book Student and enter the person's name in the search field.

Grolier: Use the User ID and Password from the librarian to search for a biography on a Captain of Industry.



    One of your sources for this project has to be a book/print source. Mrs. Rouleau has a cart of books by her desk. Start with these for the paper.


    How to Cite an Article from Compton's Encyclopedia

    How to Cite Compton's by Britannica

    "Hill, James J." Compton's by Britannica. 2007. Print.

    How to Cite UXL Encyclopedia of World Biography

    "John D. Rockefeller." UXL Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale Cengage, 2003. Print.

    How to Cite a Book (NOT Compton's by Britannica or UXL Encyclopedia of World Biography)

    Mitchell, Barbara. Click!: A Story About George Eastman. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1986. Print.

    MLA Citation

    If you use an online citation generator, be sure your citations are MLA 7th edition.


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