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The Interstate Commerce Act (1887) had long proved insufficient in safeguarding the interests of those dependent upon the railroads. Two major efforts were made to improve conditions:
The railroads had long resented being extorted by the trusts and welcomed the Elkins legislation. The law provided further that rates had to be published and that violations of the law would find both the railroad and the shipper liable for prosecution.
This measure brought some improvement, but other abuses needed to be addressed.
See other Theodore Roosevelt domestic legislation.
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