In the 19th century it was William Avery Rockefeller who hawked remedies and medications; medications that had opiate bases. He was literally a traveling salesman, a ‘hack doctor’ and a trickster. He was, in fact, a drug dealer.
He called himself a ‘cancer specialist’, and eventually, with the sales of his elixirs and growing ‘snake oil fortune’, was able to give large amounts of money to his son, John Davison Rockefeller, who used that money to start an oil business.
John Rockefeller saw that oil was going to bring in even bigger profits than ‘snake oil elixirs’. He played the railroad companies against each other, eventually gaining ‘control’. The railroads and cheap transportation were key to transporting the oil; refiners who…
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