[The] Robber Barons Reconsidered (20630). 3 units. The era of the Robber Barons refers to the period of great expansion of industry in the U.S. after the Civil War. The Robber Barons—Rockefeller, Carnegie, Mellon, among others – have been depicted as amassing immense wealth through questionable legal ventures, leading to the enactment of various forms of government regulation: the Interstate Commerce Act, the Sherman Antitrust Act and, as a result of the Great Depression – an alleged failure of capitalism related to the Robber Barons’ behavior – the Securities and Exchange Act as well as legislation regulating the national economy more broadly. The ambition of this course is to reevaluate the actions of the Robber Barons by means of modern law and economic analysis. The course will proceed by reading the principal Robber Baron history and then subjecting that history to modern analysis. Open only to J.D. students. Paper required. G.L. Priest.