Corruption Of The Gilded Age

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During the gilded age, industries and cooperations grew to a massive size due to corruption and monopolization that flooded the market. During this period many Americans followed the principles of lassie faire and the government has not violated these principles until the gilded age. The government strongly agreed to subsidize the railroad companies in order to help the economy, connect the west to the east, and to create a reliable system of transportation. This action moderately violated the principles even though it was one of the biggest violations of the gilded age. American citizens pressured the government to regulate cooperations and trade in order to stop them from creating pools, make use of rebates, the monopolization of trade, and take advantage of the consumers which violated lassie faire ideas to a slight degree. Even though the regulations were small and did little to solve the problems presented by the people, it set the precedent for larger and stricter regulations to come into play in the future generations. American citizens also pressured the government to help preserve healthy competition in the business world but only to a minor degree. All of these actions changed the standards of what the government can do in the world of economics forever. Railroad expansion was relatively new during the gilded age. The railroad industry had a harsh start due to the fact that no profit was made and therefore made it highly risky to finish the railroad project. This caused many dilemmas because this made it hard to gather many investors and so the railroad companies request assistance from the government to help them complete the railroad system.(Doc H) The government saw that the railroads could help them establish the postal service, transport troops, and keep the westerners from being disconnected from the east and seceding.(Doc K) They
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