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March 12, 2013

Carnegie, Libraries

Filed under: Today in Literature — Tags: , , — Bookblurb @ 6:33 am
Andrew Carnegie   (1835 - 1919)

Andrew Carnegie (1835 – 1919)

On this day in 1901 Andrew Carnegie offered New York City $5.2 million for the construction of 65 branch libraries. Of the 56.5 million given by Carnegie for over 2500 libraries in a dozen countries, this was his largest single grant, part of a wider attempt to gainsay those who attacked his “Gospel of Wealth” and to live up to his famous dictum: “The man who dies thus rich, dies disgraced.”

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