“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
“I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
“Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good.”
Our founders were very much aware of and against corporations in the American States. They witnessed first-hand how the corporate structure was able to control the government and hence enslave the population for their own benefit and profit. In the article below by Stephen D. Foster Jr., the founders demonstrate their disdain for banks and corporations and the evils they perpetrate on the citizens.