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United States of America, complainant, v. Northern Securities Company, the Great Northern Railway Company, the Northern Pacific Railway Company, and others, defendants


Petition from the United States government laying out an antitrust case against the Northern Securities Company.

Resource Type: Legal document

Subject: Antitrust law; Antitrust investigations; Business and politics; Railroads and state; Railroads; Interstate commerce--Law and legislation; Trusts, Industrial; Northern Securities Company; Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.); Northern Pacific Railway Company

Date: 1901

Letter from Orville Hitchcock Platt to Theodore Roosevelt


After reviewing the relevant Supreme Court decisions, Senator Platt doubts state corporations that engage in interstate commerce can be compelled to make reports to government officials. He believes the decisions allow for the regulation of commerce but not the regulation of corporations engaging in commerce.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Interstate commerce--Law and legislation; Corporations--Law and legislation; Judgments; United States. Supreme Court

Date: 1901-11-13

Would Regulate Trusts


Text of a proposed amendment to the Constitution presented by Representative Jenkins to give Congress the power to regulate commerce with a supporting speech by Jenkins.

Resource Type: Report

Subject: Constitutional amendments; Interstate commerce--Law and legislation; Trade regulation; Trusts, Industrial; Speeches, addresses, etc.; United States. Congress; Constitution (United States); Jenkins, John James, 1843-1911

Date: 1901-12-19

Message of the President of the United States communicated to the two houses of Congress


Message given by President Roosevelt to Congress at the beginning of the second session of the Fifty-seventh Congress in which Roosevelt describes his legislative priorities for the year.

Resource Type: Book

Subject: Interstate commerce--Law and legislation; Monopolies; Antitrust law; Economic policy; Tariff--Law and legislation; Reciprocity (Commerce); International relations; Indians of North America; Irrigation; Cuba; Philippines; Panama--Panama Canal; Alaska; United States. Department of Commerce; United States. Post Office Department; United States. Navy

Date: 1902

Letter from A. J. Cassatt to Theodore Roosevelt


President Cassatt of the Pennsylvania Railroad encloses an amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act which enlarges the powers of the Interstate Commerce Commission and places railroads under government regulation. Cassatt supports the bill but does not believe that it will pass without active support from President Roosevelt.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Bills, Legislative; Railroads and state--Law and legislation; Interstate commerce--Law and legislation; Business and politics; United States. Interstate Commerce Commission; United States. Congress. Senate; Pennsylvania Railroad (Corporate Name); Elkins, Stephen B. (Stephen Benton), 1841-1911; Prouty, Charles A. (Charles Azro), 1853-1921; Cassatt, A. J. (Alexander Johnston), 1839-1906

Date: 1902-04-01

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to A. J. Cassatt


President Roosevelt is returning from the Charleston Exposition on Friday and would like to meet with A. J. Cassatt on Saturday. He would like to discuss the Interstate Commerce Bill and other matters.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition; Legislation; Interstate commerce--Law and legislation; South Carolina--Charleston; Knox, Philander C. (Philander Chase), 1853-1921

Date: 1902-04-04

Summary of letter from Jeremiah Whipple Jenks


Jeremiah Whipple Jenks warns of a plan the Democrats will propose regarding trust legislation. They will recommend a bill for the "voluntary incorporation by the Federal Government of corporations doing an interstate business."

Resource Type: Report

Subject: Business and politics; Antitrust law; Incorporation--Law and legislation; Interstate commerce--Law and legislation; Democratic Party (U.S.); Jenks, Jeremiah Whipple, 1856-1929

Date: 1903-02-02

A back-yard farce


Cartoon depicts President Roosevelt, in the GOP back-yard, standing atop a box which is on top of a barrel and leaning over a fence. His comments are directed at Attorney General Knox who is holding a paddle labeled "Sherman and Interstate Commerce Laws."  Knox is about to paddle the rear end of a very large boy who is labeled "The Trust." This boy has his head turned to the right and is broadly smiling with his right hand slightly covering it. The left hand of the boy is protecting his rear end. Caption: "Roosevelt (to Knox): Make all the noise you can; but remember, we can't afford to hurt him."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Antitrust law; Interstate commerce--Law and legislation; Knox, Philander C. (Philander Chase), 1853-1921; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1903-05-04

S. 3937


A bill introduced by Senator Foraker that would relax some provisions from previously passed commerce legislation. The bill was referred to the Committee on Interstate Commerce.

Resource Type: Legislation

Subject: Interstate commerce--Law and legislation; Bills, Legislative; United States. Congress. Senate; United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Interstate Commerce

Date: 1904-01-29

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Joseph Gurney Cannon


President Roosevelt writes to Joseph Gurney Cannon, Chairman of the Notification Committee, to formally accept his nomination as the Republican presidential candidate and to approve the platform adopted by the Republican National Convention. In the letter, Roosevelt provides a comprehensive defense of his foreign and domestic policies and outlines what he believes are the major differences between the Republican and Democratic parties in the upcoming election. Roosevelt discusses, among other topics, his position on international relations, antitrust legislation, tariffs, the gold standard, pensions for Civil War veterans, the military, civil service, commerce, agriculture, taxation, and self-government in the Philippines.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Republican National Convention; Anthracite Coal Strike (Pennsylvania : 1902); Spanish-American War (1898); Revolution (Panama : 1903); Kishinev Massacre (Chișinău, Moldova : 1903); Armenian massacres (1894-1896); Presidents--Nomination; Presidents--Election; Antitrust law; Interstate commerce--Law and legislation; Tariff--Government policy; Currency question; International relations; Monroe doctrine; Jews, Romanian; Arbitration (International law); Humanitarian intervention; Separation of powers; Military pensions; Gold standard; Diplomatic and consular service; Equality before the law; Jews, American; Civil service--Law and legislation; Reciprocity (Commerce); Commerce; Working class; Agriculture; Farmers; Irrigation projects; Rural free delivery; Autonomy and independence movements; Imperialism; Citizenship; Manufacturing industries; Budget deficits--Political aspects; Taxation; Economic policy; Indians of North America; Executive power; New York (State); Panama--Panama Canal; Philippines; Cuba; Alaska; Romania; Turkey; Puerto Rico; Hawaii; Venezuela; China; Lebanon--Beirut; Morocco--Tangier; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Democratic Party (U.S.); Permanent Court of Arbitration; United States. Navy; Northern Securities Company; United States. Department of Commerce and Labor; United States. Department of Justice; United States. Department of Agriculture; United States. Congress; United States. Army; United States. War Department; United States. National Guard Bureau; Constitution (United States); Sherman Act (United States); McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Hay, John, 1838-1905; Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930; Wright, Luke E. (Luke Edward), 1846-1922

Date: 1904-09-12

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