A Gilded Age cartoon depicting monopolists intensely watching the activities of the United States congress. This cartoon depicts the elites as bloated giants, resembling large money bags, almost suggesting that they run congress through financial means.

Robber Barons or Captains of Industry?

Revisit the Gilded Age, or Age of Enterprise as some historians call it and read deeply about the ideas, actions, and legacies of the leading political and industrial figures of the times, exploring the question of whether these individuals are properly portrayed as either ‘Robber Barons’ or ‘Captains of Industry’ – or perhaps, fragments of both.

This program will be conducted as a conversation utilizing primary source documents as the only readings, and with Professor Atto only facilitating the conversation. Registrants are highly encouraged to read the documents and come with questions. All attendees will receive a Letter of Attendance.


September 27, 2024 -
September 27, 2024
8:30 AM CDT
2:30 PM CDT
Enid, OK
Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
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Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty at University of Dallas