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Sherman Act document Copy of the Sherman Antitrust Act bill. The Sherman Anti-Trust Act was approved on July 2, 1890. It was the first Federal act that outlawed monopolistic business practices. Courtesy of the National Archives (ourdocuments.gov)
TR with Trusts Cartoon of Theodore Roosevelt with "Trust Pigs" - typical of cartoons portraying Roosevelt's "anti-trust" legislative agenda. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Farmer vs the railroad Farmer versus railroad cartoon. Wood engraving by Wust Publishing in New York newspaper, August 14th, 1873. Courtesy Library of Congress.
Standard Oil Political cartoon showing a Standard Oil tank as an octopus with many tentacles wrapped around the steel, copper, and shipping industries, as well as a state house, the U.S. Capitol, and one tentacle reaching for the White House. From J. Ottmann Lith, Co., 1904 Sept. 7. Udo Keppler Artist. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
TR with a big stick Teddy Roosevelt with "trust-busting" stick, circa 1904. Source unknown. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Vulture's Roost The Vulture's Roost. Trusts as vultures (led by Standard Oil/Rockefeller) roosting on roof of Senate. Drawing by E.W. Kemble in Collier's, Feb. 1905. Courtesy Library of Congress.
Competition cartoon Still from, "It's Everybody's Business" 1954, from Sutherland Productions. Corporate Cold War-era cartoon linking Bill of Rights to free-enterprise ideology. Courtesy Prelinger Archives.
Price Fixing cartoon Still from, "Going Places," 1948, Sutherland Productions. Cold War cartoon defending the profit motive against anti-capitalist critics. Courtesy Prelinger Archives.
Price Fixing cartoon 2 Still from, "Going Places," 1948, Sutherland Productions. Cold War cartoon defending the profit motive against anti-capitalist critics. Courtesy Prelinger Archives.
John Sherman Portrait of Hon. John Sherman of Ohio, (1823 to 1900), author of The Sherman Act. Courtesy of Library of Congress.
Mara Liasson headshot Mara Liasson. PHOTO CREDIT: ©2006 NPR, by Steve Barrett
Mara Liasson NPR and and Fox News commentator Mara Liasson, host of Fair Fight in the Marketplace.
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