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Regulating Business

These resources explain how 18th-century business practices were viewed as controversial and corrupt. Use these resources to help students understand how the federal government addressed the controversial business practices of the 18th century. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • How did antitrust laws limit the power of businesses? Why were they created?
  • What acts did the federal government pass regarding food and drugs? Why were these acts created?
  • Analyze the reforms made relating to business practices. Did the reforms achieve their intended outcome?


  1. Overview: Regulating Business
  2. Outline: Outline
  3. Lesson: Introduction
  4. Key Question: The Jungle and Progressive Era Reforms
  5. Photos & Illustrations: Child factory worker
  6. Photos & Illustrations: Meat packing plant in Chicago, ca. 1909
  7. Reference Articles: antitrust laws
  8. Reference Articles: child labor
  9. Reference Articles: Federal Trade Commission
  10. Reference Articles: Standard Oil Company
  11. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Political cartoon: Standard Oil: monopoly
  12. Cultural Documents: Riis, Jacob: How the Other Half Lives (1890)
  13. Cultural Documents: Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle (1906)
  14. Speeches: Roosevelt, Theodore: Controlling the Trusts speech (1901)

MLA Citation

"Regulating Business." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153041?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153041

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