Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan have gone unmonitored for decades, but American politicians are about to change that. They want these men to fall into line under government control. The men, some lifelong enemies, come together with a plan to buy the White House by donating the modern day equivalent of $30 million dollars to Ohio Governor, William McKinley. McKinley intends to repay his backers; he repeals regulation after regulation to allow them the freedom to do unimaginable things without consequence or impediment. Morgan and Carnegie create US Steel, the first billion dollar company while Rockefeller takes control of 90% of North American oil.
Did You Know?
As a twelve-year-old child, Andrew Carnegie is shown bringing home his pay, which his mother takes. The scene shows him handing over a dollar bill to her. However, there was no paper money in 1850. Paper currency was not in use until the Civil War. In 1850 he would have been paid only in coin. See more