Explain How Big Businesses Controlled The Economy And Politics Throughout 1870-1900

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Justin Clement APUS DBQ Big businesses controlled the economy and politics throughout 1870-1900. They were in control of the prices for certain items because they destroyed their smaller competitors until there was no competition left. They had much sway over politics and took away the people’s say. As we can see from Document A, between 1870-1899, the price for food, fuel, lighting and living decreased with the emergence of big businesses. This is because smaller businesses were ruined by larger ones. George Rice, who was the owner of a smaller oil company, says in Document H that he was ruined by the Standard Oil Company because the big business was selling oil for lower prices. They could sell it at such low prices because

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