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The Letters of John Sherman and the Origins of Antitrust

Werner Troesken

The Review of Austrian Economics, 2002, vol. 15, issue 4, 275-95

Abstract: This paper presents a survey of the letters of Senator John Sherman, who pushed for passage of the first federal antitrust law in the United States. By placing these letters in historical context, this paper helps resolve a debate about Sherman's true intentions in creating an antitrust law. In particular, Sherman's letters reveal that he was more concerned with protecting the interests of small and inefficient businesses than with protecting the interests of consumers. Copyright 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

Date: 2002
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