May 17, 2020 – The Early US Oil Industry, Part 4 (Are Monopolies Bad?) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 308

Description: Beyond “natural monopolies,” the second industrial revolution beginning in the 1870s probably required the formation of monopolies like Standard Oil, but did those monopolies have to be in private hands? Bill and Rachel investigate.

Links and notes for ep. 308 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/AFD-308-Links-Notes-Part-4_-The-Early-US-Oil-Industry-Part-4-Are-Monopolies-Bad_.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

See also: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

May 10, 2020 – The Early US Oil Industry, Part 3 (Rail Rate Wars) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 307

Description: Rachel and Bill discuss the railroad shipping rate discount wars of the 1870s northeastern United States and their role in the rise of Standard Oil. (See also part 1 and part 2.)

Links and notes for ep. 307 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/AFD-307-Links-and-Notes-Part-3_-Understanding-Rail-Price-Wars.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

May 3, 2020 – The Early US Oil Industry, Part 2 (Rise of Standard Oil) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 306

Description: Rachel and Bill explain how Rockefeller pushed his way to the top position in the early U.S. oil industry in the early 1870s and began to form a monopoly. (This episode is a continuation of the narrative in part 1.)

Links and Notes for Ep. 306 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/AFD-306-Links-and-Notes-Part-2_-The-Rise-of-Standard-Oil.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Apr 26, 2020 – The Early US Oil Industry, Part 1 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 305

Description: With crude oil prices crashing into the negatives for the first time ever, Rachel and Bill go back to the industry’s volatile beginning — the Pennsylvania oil rush.

AFD 305 Links and Notes (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/AFD-305-Links-and-Notes-Part-1_-The-Early-US-Oil-Industry.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.