This PowerPoint outlines the groundwork the US government provided for the development of big business and then how the government began to place controls over business when unfettered competition got out of hand. It covers the Sherman Anti-trust Act, Monopolies, Corporate Mergers, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Vertical and Horizontal Integration, and factors that contribute to economic growth. It discusses how the railroad was the economic engine that drove the economy. It explains the difference between a Captain of Industry and a Robber Barron as well as Social Darwinism, Laissez-faire capitalism, and the Gospel of Wealth. It has an activity at the end for group work.