Experts in American History, could you please reply to this question:?
a) held all trusts to be illegal
b) strengthened the powers of the Interstate Commerce Comission.
c) reduced the government's power under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act to combat combinations in restraint of trade.
d) held that workers had the right to organize and strike."
"Judges used the law's vagueness to blur distinctions between reasonable and unreasonable restraints of trade. When in 1895 the federal government prosecuted the so called Sugar Trust for owning 98% of the nation's sugar-refining capacity, eight of nine Supreme Court Justices ruled in 'U.S. v. E. C. Knight Co. that control of manufacturing did not necessarily mean control of trade. According to the Court, the Constitution empowered Congress to regulate interstate commerce, but manufacturing (which in the Knight case took place entirely within the state of Pennsylvania) did not fall under congressional control.
Between 1890 and 1900 the federal government prosecuted only eighteen cases under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. The most successful involved railroads directly involved in interstate commerce. Ironically, the act equipped the government with a tool for breaking up labor unions: courts that did not consider
(My native language is not English, so that's why I'm asking this).