HIST Essay - Chris Hazlewood History 106 502"The Oil War of...

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Chris Hazlewood History 106 – 502 February 11, 2007 “The Oil War of 1812” The article, “The Oil War of 1812” by Ida Tarbell, begins by mentioning the beginning of the South Improvement Company which was a large oil company designed to take over the oil business and demolish all independent oil men. At the rise of this company along with the rise of freight rates, all other oil men were infuriated and thought this to be a conspiracy; thus, creating a Petroleum Producers’ Union. Members of this union reduced their production by not starting a new well for sixty days, and refused to operate at all on Sunday and to sell no oil to any know member of the South Improvement Company. Through all of this though, no one truly knew the names of the “conspirators” involved in the South Improvement Company, they just knew that this company wanted to own the rail-lines and oil regions. These unknown names soon became somewhat revealed by “The Oil City Derrick,” a local newspaper that published the names of believed members of the company in a “blacklist.” This list provided the
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