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This month: Monopoly talk from 1908: William H. Taft speaks on Unlawful Trusts.
|Company||Edison's National Phonograph Company|
|Performed by||William H. Taft|
|Announcement||"Unlawful Trusts, by William H. Taft. Edison record."|
At the time of this recording, Taft was the Secretary of War under Theodore Roosevelt, and as you will hear, had strong feelings about trusts. After defeating Bryan in the election, President Taft continued Roosevelt's vigorous "trust-busting" policies.
About two-thirds into the recording you will notice a damaged section, about 2 seconds long,
garbling Taft saying, "becomes an unlawful monopoly".
The damage appears to have been caused by a recording stylus at one time being used,
probably accidentally, instead of a reproducing stylus
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