Chapter 20

Chapter 20: Big Business And Organized Labor

Research Topics



How did Americans perceive the rise of monopolies? 1870-1914, Big Business, Rockefeller and the Oil Trust.

Economic growth in the late 19th century brought with it new forms of industrial organization. Seeking to lower costs and maximize profits, business leaders formed pools, trusts and holding companies. This process of industrial combination, as it was known, led to fears that business monopolies would hurt consumers and, through corrupt practices, undermine democracy.


Choose from the following titles:

  1. John D. Rockefeller on Industrial Combinations (1899)
  2. Henry D. Lloyd on the Lords of Industry (1894)
  3. Image: Carnegie Plant at Homestead, PA
  4. John D. Rockefeller
  5. Cartoon: Monopoly snake, 1881
  6. Story of a Monopoly (1881)
  7. Photograph: "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Print This Page
Bookmark and Share

The Norton Gradebook

Instructors and students now have an easy way to track online quiz scores with the Norton Gradebook.

Go to the Norton Gradebook

Norton Ebooks

The ebook version America: A Narrative History, 8e offers the full content of the print version at half the price.

Norton Ebooks

Norton StudyApp

StudyApp provides the perfect mobile solution for studying any topic anywhere. Use the flashcard mode to review key terms and figures from each chapter. The quiz mode allows you to test your knowledge and share your scores with your friends on Facebook.