On Feb. 12, assistant professor of business Roger Bradley will defend the robber barons during his Community Lecture Series presentation, "The 'Robber Barons:' Neither Robbers Nor Barons."
Feb. 5, 2013
The term robber baron is used to describe industrialists of the late 19th century who are frequently considered to be "bad" people, earning their money and grew their businesses by stealing it from the less fortunate.
On Feb. 12, assistant professor of business Roger Bradley will explain how he believes these men did nothing of the sort during his Community Lecture Series presentation, "The 'Robber Barons:' Neither Robbers Nor Barons."
“Most (if not all) of these men were born into humble means and grew wealthy due to their ability to provide a good or service that people were eager - not compelled - to pay for,” explained Bradley, mentioning examples such as Vanderbilt's railroads, Rockefeller's oil, and Carnegie's steel. “The success of these men was the product of the fact that they made the lives of people better through the goods they produced.”
Bradley adds that these men not only worked hard to make other’s lives better in business but that they also used their wealth to endow institutions that were for the public benefit such as museums and universities.
Professor Bradley earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Clemson University. He received an M.A. in Teaching History and a B.S. in Social Studies Education from Bob Jones University. His areas of focus for his doctoral studies included econometrics, industrial organization and monetary economics.
In honor of the 125th anniversary of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, the 2013 Community Lecture Series will focus on “The Hotel Ponce de Leon Deconstructed: Building the Future for Modern America.”
The series will feature a lineup of historians and scholars discussing Henry Flagler’s vision for St. Augustine, social classes and American politics during the late 19th century, the influence of art, music and literature during the Gilded Age, as well as other exciting topics.
This year, thanks to VISIT FLORIDA’s Cultural Heritage and Nature Tourism Grant Program, Flagler College will offer complimentary admission to the spring 2013 Flagler College Community Lecture Series for any St. Johns County tourism employee. Tourism employees interested in attending any of the five lectures offered will need to present their employee name tag or ID at the lecture series registration table.
Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for four lectures. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St. Reservations are required, but space is limited. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.
Call (904) 819-6282 for reservations or more information. To watch a live stream of these lectures, visit ustream.tv/channel/community-lecture-series.