born in Dumferline, Scotland, in November of 1935.
geographic location where he grew up was weaving linen. The people who engaged.
in this type of employment considered this an art since it had relatively.
unchanged since medieval times. Andrew's father was one of those craftsmen.
Since there had been so little change in this type of work, they were really.
caught off guard when machine production came around. For some, this.
industrialization was good. The Carnegies were lead to believe that this was.
the way they should be headed. At first the returns were good for them, but.
prices and demand fell, and they were left without anything. The whole looming.
industry was virtually gone; and with that, it was clear that there would be.
no trade for Andrew to learn. They had received letters from time to time.
about the possibility of work in America. After the looms fell through for.
them, they realized that they didn't have much of a choice of what to do. So,.
they borrowed the money for the voyage from Scotland to New York in the hopes.
of having a fresh start. Losing everything they had didn't sit well with.
Andrew or his mother. The family left in shame and determined to make it in.
there new environment. Upon arriving they immediately set out for work. Will.
found door-to-door work with a loom, Margaret with shoe binding, and Andrew.
found work as a bobbin boy in a local textile mill. Andrew was a hard worker.
and had the ability to adapt to any type of work. He was offered a job as a.
messenger boy for a telegraph company and he jumped at the opportunity to get.
out of the terrible conditions of the mill. Andrew seemed to be in the right.
place at the right time for his advances. He was also willing to do anything.
to succeed. He was working long hours and still had the drive to attend.
classes. With the messenger job, Carnegie not only was able to "network" with.
most everyone, but he kind of knew how to manipulate or pursued people; he.