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The Robber Baron Concept in American History
The Business History Review
Vol. 32, No. 1 (Spring, 1958), pp. 1-13
Published by: The President and Fellows of Harvard College
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3111897
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The most vehement and persistent controversy in business history has been that waged by the critics and defenders of the "robber baron" concept of the American businessman. Far from being a pedantic exercise, this controversy has at various times exerted a decisive influence on business itself. The origins, spread, and obsolescence of the concept are traced here, together with the merits and failings of currently predominant historical attitudes.
The Business History Review © 1958 The President and Fellows of Harvard College