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Important Events of the Progressive Era

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Tyler Haugle

on 14 March 2013

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By: Tyler Haugle Important Events of the Progressive Era The Sherman Antitrust Act was passed in 1890. The act made it illegal for corporations to get control of industries by making trusts. But at first it was not enforced. The country would need a strong president to enforce that act. That president, was Theodore Roosevelt.
Roosevelt believed that workers, consumers, and big business, should have a square deal. Since railroads had so much power he saw railroads as his biggest concern. He used the Sherman Antitrust Act to break up a railroad trust. He also used the act to break up the Standard Oil Company and a tobacco trust.
Now, it is not as easy for companies to get control of their industries. This saves Americans a lot of money and saves us from corrupt bargains in the government. The Sherman Antitrust Act In 1906, Roosevelt signed the Meat Inspection Act. The act made a government meat inspection program, to make sure all of the meats were being packaged properly and the conditions were sanitary.
Roosevelt decided to regulate the meat packing industry by using this act after reading Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle". The book depicted a meat packing company in which dead rats were found in the sausage.
Along with this act, Roosevelt also signed the Pure Food and Drug Act. Thus law prohibited the sale of impure foods and medicines.
Now, Americans know that they are most likely safe from any poisonings or
sicknesses from
meat. The Meat Inspection Act The Sixteenth Amendment, which was passed on 1906 and ratified in 1913, gave Congress the power to make income taxes. This amendment was made so that the government could get more money.
The Seventeenth Amendment was ratified in 1913. It provided a right for the people to cast a direct vote in each state for the senators. Before this many senators got their jobs through unfair bargains.
American still uses this system today. Two Important Amendments The Eighteenth Amendment was also known as the Prohibition Amendment. Prohibition gained strength during the Progressive Era. Supporters of prohibition thought that banning alcohol would decrease violence and poverty. Employers thought alcohol made their workers less efficient.
In 1917, Congress passed this amendment. The Eighteenth Amendment prohibited the making and sale of alcoholic beverages. The amendment was ratified in 1917. The Eighteenth Amendment In 1918 the House passed the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women full voting rights.
After the United States entry into World War I in 1917 women said that they could not be denied the right to vote since the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA) had gained so much support. When the amendment was ratified women staged rallies, marches, and parades to celebrate. The Nineteenth Amendment Cited Sources

http://www.merinews.com/newPhotoLanding.jsp?imageID=23815 Monopolies couldn't get
control of their industries
by forming trusts
anymore Meat packing
industries had to make
sure that their enviroment
and actual meat were sanitary. People now had a direct
vote on senators. Income taxes were created so
the cost of running government
would be spread across more people. People were no longer allowed to buy
alcohol, and companies could no longer make,
or sell it. Women could now vote. If this amendment hadn't been
passed, woman still might not be fully equal to men even now!
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