Andrew Carnegie's primary area of interest when it came to charitable donations was education. He also donated generously to scientific research and world peace. He is considered the father of American philanthropy.
When Andrew Carnegie retired at the age of 66, he was the world's richest man. At the time, his net worth was estimated at about $480 million. Adjusted for inflation, that amount would be the modern day equivalent of about $310 billion. His fortune was so vast that, to this day, he is one of the 25 wealthiest people who ever lived. Carnegie believed very strongly in the value of education. One of his first donations was $10 million to begin a pension for teachers, and $125 million more for the development of education. Carnegie also remembered the generosity of a gentleman who had allowed Carnegie access to his library as a child. Thus, Carnegie pledged money to build a library to any town in the United States that would supply the land and upkeep for the building. He founded an organization for scientific research and supplied the funds for the world court to be built in Switzerland. By the time he died, Carnegie had donated an estimated 90 percent of his fortune.Learn More
Acadians settled in Louisiana after being persecuted and forced to leave their homes during the French and Indian War between England and France. While some of the Acadians went back to France, many traveled south to then Spanish-controlled Louisiana.Full Answer >
After rebellion broke out in Cuba in 1895, the Spanish-American war began when reports of Spain's vicious military tactics led to public outcry in the United States. The destruction of an American battleship, the USS Maine, and the U.S. government's resolution to stop Spanish occupation by force sparked further conflict.Full Answer >
Xanthorrhiza is a Civil War word that starts with the letter "x." Patented during the war, Xanthorrhiza is the pharmaceutical name for a natural medication created from the root of Xanthorrhiza apiifolia, also known as "yellow root" due to its distinctive coloring. Administered in powdered or liquid form with alcohol to mask its bitter taste, the tonic was used for the treatment of battlefield wounds, infections and injuries.Full Answer >
Elizabeth Cochrane titled the reports of her 1889 trip around the world "Around the World in Seventy-Two Days." Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days" inspired the journalist to embark on the journey.Full Answer >