Report Study Guide Outline
In 1886, a Senate Select Committee on Interstate Commerce released a report, called the Cullom Report, named after Senator Cullom who chaired this Committee. This study guide outline is foran excerpt of the Cullom Report (pp. 1-7, and 175-182), posted under Canvas.
- Why was this Senate Committee on Interstate Commerce created?
- To what question did the Committee focus its attention?
- What was the plan of work adopted by the Committee?
- According to the Senate Committee, what was the general issue of public policy that was most prominent in Americans’ minds? What was the relationship of this question to railroads?
- Why did the U.S. (federal) government initially decline to regulate railroads?
- Why was the Committee revisiting the government policy of non-regulation?
- What were the two propositions on which the Committee focused its attention during its investigation?
- Why was the public demanding prompt action by Congress?
- What reasons did the Committee give for believing that Congress must regulate interstate transportation?
- Why was uniformity of national regulation necessary?
- In the absence of Congressional legislation, what methods did railroads use to regulate commerce? What would likely happen if railroads continued to be unregulated?
- What was the essence of the various complaints against railroads, leading the Senate Committee to consider a change in policy to regulate railroads?