Caption: Not Even Handed Justice, Crushing the Scorpion of Anarchy, but Sparing the Octopus of Monopoly

Source/Date: Harper's Weekly, January 21, 1888

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Creator: William A. Rogers

Remarks: Railroads appear in this is simply one of many monopolies. Besides the "land grabbing railroads" there are the steel, coal, sugar, gas and oil trusts. The cartoon is also a good example of the dualism that shaped much of this period's thought: business monopoly vs. labor anarchy. In fact, much of the anti-monopoly rhetoric seems to have reflected worries that business activities would encourage labor "anarchy."

Keywords: Trusts