Monopoly In America After Reconstruction: The Gilded Age

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APUSH Raymond Wong After Reconstruction, there came a time when America entered what was called "The Gilded Age." Everything looked good from the outside, but looking into it, conditions were horrible. Many Americans were poor, women lacked rights, and factory conditions were miserable. The Progressives sought to clean up. Although the Progressives were no doubt a success, there was a limit to it. After 1909 and the election of Taft, everything went downhill. Taft lacked political structure, although he wanted reform. Wilson although wanting to improve conditions, wasn’t for social rights. During Theodore Roosevelt’s administration, Roosevelt has begun to act and accomplish things that the previous presidents didn’t do.…show more content…
He believes that monopoly is bad trusts and should be ended. When there is no competition, the company can set any prices that they want it to be (Doc E) Monopoly in business should be illegal and should not be allowed. But some monopoly was allowed due to their fairness in their prices. Roosevelt believes that’s a good trust that the company isn’t taking advantage of the people and abusing their power. Before this, labor was subject to antitrust laws. Labor organization that had formed gained influences and that the Sherman Antitrust Law was strengthened. The Clayton Act was now part of Woodrow Wilson’s New Freedom. President Woodrow Wilson had claims too much for what he has done. (Doc F) But they are inadequate and not as well compared to the reforms needed. It discontent with Wilson’s New Freedom and that Wilson isn’t really following on what he has promised and say he would do and accomplished. It should be a need for a greater change in his view and decisions to do what’s good for the economy and…show more content…
Women don’t have the right to vote and they want it. (Doc H). President Woodrow Wilson sympathized the Germans who don’t enjoy self-governed but not sympathized with women in America that don’t have the right to vote. Wilson is like the German Kaiser. He does what he believes and agree and reject and ignore on what he disagrees. There were also a declined in percentage of eligible voters in 1900-1920. (Doc J) Also a big decline in presidential voting during 1916-1920. The 19th Amendment might had a less significant it was supposed to be. Women now have the right to vote but they can still choose not to vote and don’t bother with
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