Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The post-Civil War era in America was one of immense expansion; its developmental process involve industrailizaiton, urbanization, and immigration. The entrepreneurs who led the development of industrailization have received praise from some historians and condemnation from others. Louis M. Hacker has referred to these business leaders as "Captains of Industry." He spoke of their talents, their innovations, their organizational abilities, and suggested that these men were always attempting "... to expand production, to lower costs, and to make more goods and services available to the people.... the net result of their efforts was substantial progress for the entire nation."


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1973, Timothy E. Blankenship

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