LEC+10+backlash+S12 - BA - AS 172 THE BACKLASH AGAINST BIG...

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1 BA - AS 172 THE BACKLASH AGAINST BIG BUSINESS Pick up commented on RPs 1-3
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Mid-term exam next Monday l Special office hours: Thurs, 2/23: 12:00-1:30 Sat. 2/25: 3-4:00 F 577 Haas Bring your notes and other study materials! 2
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3 BACKLASH! l PARADOX OF THIS ERA Big business incredibly successful Yet sense things going badly wrong // Today?
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BACKLASH! Demand for regulation, reform Populism, Progressive Reform Socialism, Unionism 4 // Today? // 2009 ?
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5 Today’s focus l Problems with Pollution Business scandals, fraud Railroads How were problems/solutions understood at time? Solutions? Best ways for us as historians to make sense of this?
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Next Wednesday l Problems with monopoly power (anti-trust reg.) Defining problem of late 19th and early 20th century political economy and culture But not the only problem 6
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Interpretive context and issues l This is about society’s struggles with effects of industrial developm ent perceived injustice “market imperfections l What were the solutions? Were they effective? Why these, not others? 7
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Presentist backdrop l Our own problems, perceptions Occupy movement? Tea party? l What do we understand/ not understand about causes? effects? l What are historians likely to say 100 years from now? 8
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Industrial Pollution l Barely studied – yet real problem Not recognized by business historians till recently Or environmental historians l What is the problem? 9
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10 Some reasons why Historians may have missed this
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11 Esty Organ Co. c. 1885
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12 McCormick Harvester Works trading card Probably mid 1870s
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13 North Chicago Rolling Mill, 1900
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15 Environmental impact of oil drilling 1864 1868 G.W. McClintock Farm sold to Central Petroleum Co. 1864 - PETROLEUM CENTER, PA
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16 View of Petrolia with pump house, derricks, etc, late 1860s
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Industrial pollution l Hurley reading on oil pollution in NYC, 1870-1900 What was the problem? What did people want?
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