Arguments Against the Trusts


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The Democrats especially loved to attack the trusts, as this May 12, 1909 cartoon from Puck demonstrates.  Here the trusts, using the mallet of the tariff, hit the consumer to drive up profits.  This cartoon held an obvious appeal at a time when prices in general were rising.

Although the Democratic party included important business elements in its coalition, in general the businessmen who were Democrats were in the South and West, regions that were generally distrustful of the large corporations headquartered in New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and elsewhere.