Political Cartoons and Standard Oil (gallery)
In the late nineteenth century and during the first decade of the twentieth century, critics attacked Standard Oil as an unlawful monopoly. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt’s administration filed suit under the Sherman Antitrust Act, contending that Standard Oil was conspiring to restrain trade. After several years of litigation, the Supreme Court ordered the company to break up in 1911.
How do these political cartoons represent the oil trust, and its influence over American politics and the economy?