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Old February 20th, 2014, 09:25 PM   #1
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History of Standard Oil Company, and antitrust law

Standard Oil Company has held my fascination for a while. The company and Rockefeller himself has held certain mystique in my mind, at least. It is Rockefeller's Standard Oil company, - it is simply something so tangible - the oil business, more tangible than banking for example.

And yet it is something that seems so powerful that even the political powers at that time, went against Rockefeller, - almost like a witchhunt. (although seemingly the existing legislation of Sherman antitrust law was used in the infamous courtcase)

I'm asking for good material to study this part of American history simply to increase my knowledge on the matter. So, I'm interested in sources for Rockefeller, Standard Oil Company and the courtcase Standard Oil Co. of NJ vs United States.
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Old February 21st, 2014, 01:38 PM   #2

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I believe that "Antitrust and the Oil Monopoly: The Standard Oil Cases, 1890–1911" written by Bruce Bringhurst would work fine for you.
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 12:39 AM   #3
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thx what about some sources for J.D. Rockefeller's life (biography I suppose)?
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 01:32 AM   #4

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[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Titan-Life-John-Rockefeller-Vintage/dp/1400077303/ref=pd_cp_b_0"]Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Vintage: Amazon.co.uk: Ron Chernow: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51nTToyw7yL.@@AMEPARAM@@51nTToyw7yL[/ame]

For the wider context:
[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Tycoons-Carnegie-Rockefeller-Supereconomy/dp/0805081348/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393064959&sr=8-1&keywords=the+tycoons"]The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J.P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy: Amazon.co.uk: Charles Morris: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51G1XcgmSgL.@@AMEPARAM@@51G1XcgmSgL[/ame]

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