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Progressive Era - Success or Failure?

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Matt Wong

on 25 March 2014

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Transcript of Progressive Era - Success or Failure?

Protecting the Consumer
Protecting the Environment
Social Justice
Which Progressive president was most successful at addressing the broad concerns of the movement? Why?

Economic Justice
Political Democracy
Progressive Era - Success or Failure?
Native American Children were separated from their families and taken to Carlisle schools where they would be taught how to be Americans
Congress under Progressive Influence proposed the 17th Amendment - gave power to voters to elect their senators directly
Reforming City and State Governments
Regulating Business and Corporations
Congress passed the Newlands Reclamation Act which allowed money from public land sales to be used for irrigation projects and reclamation purposes
Voting Rights and Power
Congress proposed the 19th Amendment - gave women full voting rights
African American and Native American treatment
Lynching failed to become a federal crime
The National Park Service was created to look over national parks and monuments
The Work of the Roosevelt Administration
Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir
The National Conservation Commission was responsible with preparing long-term plans for preserving national resources

The Inland Waterways Commission was started in 1907 to observe the relationship of rivers, soil, forests, waterpower development, and water transportation systems
Congress passed two consumer protection laws in 1906: The Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act
Upton Sinclair's The Jungle reminded the general public of the unsanitary practices and conditions that took place in the meat industry
The Roosevelt Administration launched a trustbusting campaign that filed 44 suits against businesses not believed to help the general public
Congress passed the Elkins Act in 1903 - restricted shipping companies from taking refunds in return for business
The Ballinger-Pinchot Affair
The Ballinger-Pinchot Affair showed President Taft's impotence on conservation
President Taft made a new enemy in Theodore Roosevelt
The "good-government" campaign placed some reform mayors into office - Samuel M. Jones and Tom Johnson
Robert M. La Follette backed the Wisconsin Idea - called for a direct primary. It became a model for other states
Government Corruption
Democratic State machines catered to special interests - They made deals with railroads, lumber companies, or anybody else looking for favors from state legislatures
The Political machines often expected considerate gifts such as campaign votes

The Work of Roosevelt
Roosevelt encouraged arbitration - The federal government had intervened in a strike to protect the interests of the public and workers
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