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Andrew Carnegie, Booker T. Washington, and faculty of the Tuskegee Institute
Education was important to Carnegie, pictured here at the Tuskegee Institute with Booker T. Washington and others

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Andrew Carnegie, Philanthropist
Throughout his life, Andrew Carnegie loved to read. So it made sense that he wanted to give money to support education and reading. When Carnegie was a young man he lived near Colonel James Anderson, a rich man who allowed any working boy to use his personal library for free. In those days, America did not have a system of free public libraries.

Carnegie never forgot Colonel Anderson's generosity. As a result, Carnegie supported education; he gave money to towns and cities to build more than 2,000 public libraries. He also gave $125 million to a foundation called the Carnegie Corporation to aid colleges and other schools. What else did Carnegie believe in?

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