Robber Barons

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Robber Barons

A pejorative term for wealthy industrialists in the late 19th century United States. Robber barons are credited with leading American industrialization and creating a great deal of wealth; however, they often did so through unethical means, many of which later became illegal. Price manipulation, union busting, and anti-competitive practices were common among robber barons. Well known robber barons include Andrew Carnegie, John W. Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt.
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He addressed another favorite topic, American economics, in what is perhaps his best-known work, The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists, 1861-1901 (1934).
A Vital Few for the 1990s, Myth of the Robber Barons is an excellent book in which Burton W.
Speaking in readily decipherable code, he decried his party for "expanding government for the benefit of special interests" instead of "expanding opportunities for ordinary Americans." By special interests" he did not mean the robber barons of the savings and loan industry.
It seems the robber barons of history continue to exist, not with armour and swords but with smart suits and Porsches on their drives.
HISTORICALLY, the robber barons plundered the common wealth and prospered at the expense of the less powerful - the rest of us.
In her 1990 study, Cohen (American studies, Harvard U.) described how working people in the second city of the US fought their way out from under the robber barons and established the foundation and framework for a humane society.