Did President Theodore Roosevelt Hate the Monopoly Man?

Theodore Roosevelt stood up to angry executives on monopolies in 1902.

Theodore Roosevelt stood up to angry executives on monopolies in 1902.

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
May 2 2018 1:00 PM

Roosevelt vs. the Gorgon

Theodore Roosevelt stood up to the monopolies of his time, but with no guarantee of success.

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to Feb. 22, 1902, as Theodore Roosevelt prepared to receive the unhappy company of angry executives hoping to strong-arm the White House into ignoring their monopolies.

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Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.