Entry 1: The Sherman Antitrust Act: The Sherman Antitrust Act was passed by Congress in 1890. The Sherman Antitrust Act was the first measure put in place to allow free trade without any restrictions, and prohibited trusts in order to end them. This act gave Congress the right to regulate interstate commerce. Any restriction on free trade was marked as illegal and could result in fines and jail time. The Sherman Antitrust Act was basically a shield to protect people from the restriction of big corporations; in addition, this act had an immediate, threatening impact on the dominate businesses in the economy.
The most corrupt members of Harding 's cabinet were the secretaries of state and the treasury. False. The most corrupt members of Harding 's cabinet were the secretary of the interior and the attorney general. The Republican administrations of the 1920s believed in strict enforcement of antitrust laws to maintain strong business competition. False.
Later on Rutherford Hayes tried to bring down the Tweed Ring because he was so powerful and earned his way by corruption. Rutherford spent most of his time trying to take down Tweed so much that he didn’t thrive and work towards being successful at something. When he spent most of his time doing this, the Republicans considered this as a major cover-up. The Democratic came back with a response and argued that the length of time was necessary for state power to isolate and weaken local government
Teddy Roosevelt also earned the title of “Trustbuster.” Theodore used the Sherman Anti-Trust Act to break apart many monopolies that he thought had gone bad. President Roosevelt believed that the huge “trust bosses” were acting foolish, because they were as rich as possible and didn’t care or notice to care about the common man and the desperately struggling poor. Theodore Roosevelt advocated for arbitration and became the “Trustbuster” because of all of the hard work that he put in as
Christopher Columbus Hero or Villain? Was Christopher Columbus a Old World hero or a New World Villain? I feel that Christopher Columbus is a Villain because of how he mistreated the Native Peoples of the New World. Even though Columbus brought great wealth to Europe, there were millions of deaths caused by diseases Columbus brought with him to the New World, and he also brought back diseases to the Old World along with treasures exclusively from New World. I feel that Columbus helped begin the Americas, but he did not need to take as many lives to do so, making him a Villain.
The Roaring Twenties was a time of glitz and glamour, but those were really just embellishments of what was actually a dark, twisted time in our nations history. The production of alcohol was illegal as of January 16, 1919. Although this was seen as the next step towards a more cultured and moral society, it actually did the exact opposite. Corruption and crime arose. Although it is true that substances such as alcohol can be abused, the prohibition of alcohol prevented the advancement of our society due to the corruption in public officials, negative effects on the economy, and increased crime rates.
Due to government support of the monopolies, often violent methods to control unions , the bad reputation of unions, and the hopes of riches the reform efforts failed in the nineteenth century. Many groups such as American Federation of Labor (AFL), Knights of Labor (KL), and The Farmer’s Alliance attempted to stop the ever extending reach of the monopolies control which used government troops to halt the unions. The government support of the monopolies and violent methods used to control unions significantly halted the labor movements that attempted to correct what they viewed as faults in monopolies. The use of militia men and pinkertons to forcefully remove the unions. Even though the governor Illinois attempted to stop the use of troops
The massacre changed the lives of the families and friends of the victims of the massacre, and it also changed the lives of the soldiers. The laws and protests during the time of the massacre were almost as horrific as the massacre itself. Most of the laws were set to tax the Colonies so that Britain could pay their debts, but they did not work due to the boycotts the Patriots had used to protests them. The Townshend Acts, created by Charles Townshend, were a taxation of all of all of the goods that were imported into America. The acts were so outrageous, that it eventually led to the Boston Massacre.
The Spoils System had been the traditional way of handling government appointments since the 1830s and that held true up until James Garfield was assassinated by a man that felt he had been snubbed of such an appointment. Garfield’s assassination set off a great deal of outrage over the Spoils System and as a consequence, the Pendleton Act was created to hire government bureaucrats based on merit instead of appointments. Since this practice is often linked with corruption today, contemporaries view Gilded Age politics as corrupt as well. However, if the Spoils System itself was corrupt then every era prior to the Gilded Age was just as corrupt. The reality was that the traditional role of government was to remain small and the Spoils System did not generate a great deal of public outrage until the people began to expect more out of the federal government.
Gilded Age, dating from the 1870s to 1900s, was an era, marked by an apparent freedom from slavery, economic success, and capitalism. It was called gilded Age for the same reason that it was only lined with gold. The age, in reality, was corrupt. Emma Goldman rightly unleashed the lack of freedom as she stated that the democracy that her people are subjected to is only enslavement in new forms. The workers are slaves who are exploited and so are the military men fighting wars for their country (qtd.