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Posted Wed Jan 17, 2007 02:15 PM
Lol that is a sick story... I copied and pasted it cuz I need a new window open.
Posted Wed Jan 17, 2007 04:29 PM
dont get too excited, i was typing a response and didnt feel like rewriting it
Posted Wed Jan 17, 2007 08:02 PM
By: Sean Taylor
I just recently purchased your book McGraw-Hill on American History. We recently began studying John D. Rockefeller, and we studied your book and 4 other text in the process.
In your book and the other 4 text we studied your points on Rockefeller and they are all very similar. There are also some points you can add to your text that the others have to make your book more complete. I will address these items later in this paper.
In all the textbooks we get that John D. Rockefeller was a strong business man with a desire to consolidate his industry, the oil industry, all under his company Standard Oil. They all mention that he bought out or consolidated almost every oil producing company under Standard Oil in what is called a trust. The trust enabled him and an elite board of directors to control the industry in return for paying heavy dividends to stockholders of these other companies?
In some of the textbook pieces we get a feel for what kind of man he was, and while your piece on it does a good job on showing what kind of man he was it could expand on the information presented. For example one of Rockefellers business practices that was mention in the other textbooks was that he would offer goods like groceries at a discounted price to stores that sold his Kerosene in stores. That is a perfect example to show how he would undercut other oil companies and you could use that to show how he would do anything to consolidate business.
Standard Oil emerged victorious from the competitive wars because Rockefeller and his associates were the toughest and most imaginative fighters as well as the most efficient refiners in the business. In addition to obtaining from the railroads a 10 percent rebate and drawbacks on its competitors' shipments, Standard Oil cut prices locally to force small independents to sell out or face ruin. Since kerosene was sold in grocery stores, Standard supplied its own outlets with meat, sugar, and other products at artificially low prices to help crush the stores that handled other brands of kerosene. The company employed spies to track down the customers of independents and offer them oil at bargain prices. Bribery was also a Standard practice; the reformer Henry Demarest Lloyd quipped that the company had done everything to the Pennsylvania legislature except refine it. (from textbook 4). These paragraph from another text most clearly defines Rockefeller’s questionable business practices and would add a lot to your textbook.
In another text it is mentioned the corruption in politics and how Rockefeller and other big business owners would persuade and bribe what they wanted out of the governments. As a result inner cities were controlled by bosses that were basically controlled by the big business owners. Living conditions were hard on most of the population all the while the rich lived leisurely and gave little back to the common man. He really and truly believed in Social Darwinism, survival of the fittest. He proved that with his Lucrative and down right dirty business and political practices.
In closing while I feel your book does a good job of explaining the trust and the general business plans of Rockefeller, but I feel you could do a lot more in fleshing out the questionable business practices and the politics behind it that allowed this man to do what he did. If it was not for this man we would not have some of the business practices we have now, but it still does not justify some of the more villainous things this man had done throughout his life. My only question to you and everyone is simply did Rockefeller truly believe his business practices were for the benefit of everyone or did he only car about himself and not the people he ruined, his employees etc.
it was a paper i had to email to a proff!