Gospel of Wealth/3 19th Century Perspectives
A 6 page essay that looks at the writing of 3 19th century authors. In the nineteenth century, the Industrial Revolution swept across Western society, bringing innumerable benefits. However, these benefits were not evenly distributed throughout all classes in society and changes also increased the disparity in wealth between the upper classes and the poor. Based on a doctrine of laissez-faire capitalism, the "robber barons" of the late nineteenth century lived in ostentatious wealth while the lives of common workers were considerably worse than they were in previous ages. The following synthesis essay examines the work of three social commentators from this era, Edward Bellamy, Henry D. Lloyd and Henry George. Each of these writers argues against the economic, political and moral implications of uncontrolled capitalism. No bibliography is offered.