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Jekyll Island Club
Description: The Jekyll Island Club began in 1886 and ended in 1942. The club was for exclusive and rich members only. If you had the money to afford a membership, you were one of the wealthiest people in America at the time. The club consisted of members like William Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller's brother, JP Morgan, and “The Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt. The club was used as a vacation home during the winter months for most of its members. The members could either have a cottage on the island or stay at the club hotel. When I say cottage, I don’t mean a two bedroom one bath house like people in the mountains. I mean a multi-million dollar home that has numerous rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, and sometimes multiple kitchens. Also, each member had at least two hundred servants at his or her beck and call during anytime of the day.
Reflection: I found Millionaire’s Village to be a prideful and stupid way to spend one’s money. Being rich is not a sin but using your wealth to elevate yourself is a sin. I do not want to be remembered for how much money and earthly possessions I had or didn’t have in life, I want to be remembered as a man after God’s own heart just like King David. Now, I know those men and women earned their money and I will as well but being prideful with my money is no way I want to live my life. I do want to be wealthy and financially stable for the rest of my life one day but I want to achieve this goal in a humble manor. Humility is a lost art in American society today but humility is a great attribute to your character if you possess it and one day I hope I do possess humility.
Analysis: The Jekyll Island Club was key to helping America in numerous ways. The members supported presidential candidates financially and some candidates like President McKinley were elected. The members also supported both World Wars financially. Without the Jekyll Island Club members, which contained about 1/6 of the world’s money, support, President McKinley might never have been elected President of the United States and America might not exist today because we could have lost either world war without their support. However, with all the good that the club members did, the club ended in 1942. The reasons being is that many supported the war effort and couldn’t afford the club fees, the stock market crash hurt most if not all of the members and the Georgia governor in 1942 promised to make Jekyll Island a state park if he was elected. Well, that governor did just that and Jekyll Island Club was no more. Overall, Jekyll Island Club was and still is a perfect example of the division of wealth in America because only the rich could afford luxury while the poor were scavenging and struggling to find food to survive.