Throughout the constitutional convention, the delegates displayed a deep-seated suspicion of corporations, particularly the railroads, although some delegates had corporate connections (Journal, pp. 402–04, 443–51, 612–24). At the heart of this suspicion was the belief that large, well-financed corporations would eventually corrupt the legislative process by securing the support of legislators whose first loyalty was to such corporations. This distrust of corporations, which was surfacing throughout the entire country as industrialization took hold, appears to...
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