Written by Thom Hartmann
For two hundred years, before Ronald Reagan came to Washington, small business in America was booming.
All across the country, small mom-and-pop shops were the name of the game. When people needed food, they went to their local grocer, bakery, or butcher. When they needed supplies to fix up their house, they went to the local hardware store. Clothing and even furniture, while manufactured by hundreds of companies all over America, were sold at retail by locally-owned stores. And while customer loyalty played a huge role in the success of these mom and pop shops, they had something else in their arsenal: The Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
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