JAN-PAOLA-MARIGZA VELASCO - The Trust Buster DBQ - The Trust Buster Teddy Roosevelt was one American who believed a revolution was coming He believed

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The Trust Buster Teddy Roosevelt was one American who believed a revolution was coming. He believed WALL STREET FINANCIERS and powerful trust titans to be acting foolishly. While they were eating off fancy china on mahogany tables in marble dining rooms, the masses were roughing it. There seemed to be no limit to greed. If docking wages would increase profits, it was done. If higher railroad rates put more gold in their coffers, it was done. How much was enough, Roosevelt wondered? Hashtag () The Sherman Anti-Trust Act Although he himself was a man of means, he criticized the wealthy class of Americans on two counts. First, continued exploitation of the public could result in a violent uprising that could destroy the whole system. Second, the captains of industry were arrogant enough to believe themselves superior to the elected government. Now that he was President, Roosevelt went on the attack. The President's weapon was the SHERMAN ANTITRUST ACT , passed by Congress in 1890. This law declared illegal all combinations "in restraint of trade." For the first twelve years of its existence, the
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