Andrew Carnegie’s decision to help library construction developed out of their own experience. Born in 1835, he spent his first 12 years inside the coastal city of Dunfermline, Scotland. There he heard men read aloud and discuss books borrowed on the Tradesmen’s Subscription Library that his father, a weaver, had helped create. Carnegie began his formal education at age eight, but wanted to stop after only 3 years. The rapid industrialization belonging to the textile trade forced small businessmen like Carnegie’s father out from business. Because of this, the household sold their belongings and immigrated to Allegheny, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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