Monopolies Dbq Analysis

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While big businesses monopolized numerous industries, they also had a massive control over the American political system. For example, George E. McNeill claims in Document B that huge industries like the railroad companies, dictate government policy in favor of their interests. Furthermore, since monopolies were wealthy and powerful, they had great control over the Senate, as Document D depicts. The government did not interfere with monopolies until 1890, with the Sherman Anti-trust act that prohibited trusts. However, not all the owners of big businesses had an evil intent with their influence. For example, Carnegie believed in charity and that wealth comes with a responsibility of social obligation, as he explains in Document E.

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