Progressive Era

  • Ellen Swallow Richards

    Ellen Swallow Richards
    She was the first woman to be admitted to MIT. She revieved a bachelor of science degree from MIT for her thesis. She would have been awarded its first doctoral degree but MIT balked at granting this distinction to a woman.
  • American Red Cross

    American Red Cross
    The ARC was established in Washington D.C by Clara Barton who became the first president of the organization.
  • Yellow Pages

    Yellow Pages
    The very first time the term yellow pages was used. A printer working on a regular telephone directory ran out of white paper and used yellow paper instead leading to the term of Yellow pages.
    But in 1886, Reuben H. Donnelly produced the first Yellow Pages directory featuring business names and phone numbers, categorized by the types of products and services provided.
  • Robert La Follette

    Robert La Follette
    Ran for the House of Representatives and was successful. He served three terms. He was with the Republican Party for the majority of his career. But for the most part his views were independent. He frequently clashed with party leaders. He fought against corruption and support for progressive reforms which in turn earned him the nick name "Fighting Bob".
  • George Eastman

    George Eastman
    He made the first portable camera which was affordable and open to the public. He was the founder of the Company Kodak. On March 14, 1932, Eastman died by suicide with a single gunshot to the heart and left a note which said, "My work is done. Why wait?"
  • Jacob Riis

    Jacob Riis
    Riis was a Danish American social reformer, muchraking journalist and social documentary photographer. He is most famous for writing and photographing the slums of New York and showing the world what they lived like. The work that made his name stand in history was called "The Other Half: How it Lives and Dies in New York".
  • Jane Addams

    Jane Addams
    She was a social worker. Also opned a social settlement called the Hull House in Chicago.
  • Jukebox

    Coin-operated music boxes and player pianos were the first forms of automated coin-operated musical devices. These instruments used paper rolls, metal disks, or metal cylinders to play a musical selection on the instrument, or instruments, enclosed within the device.
  • H.G. Wells

    H.G. Wells
    Wells was an outspoken socialist and sympathethised with pacifist views. His name faded with time but his influences are still with us to this day. His most famous literary blockbusters are The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The First Men in the Moon are still read today.
  • Rudyard Kipling

    Rudyard Kipling
    Wrote his most famous and most well known poem in 1895. The poem is called "If". People to this day can tell you they have heard it or even can resite parts or sometimes the whole poem.
  • William Jennings Bryan

    William Jennings Bryan
    Traveled 13,00 miles and gave 600 speeches during the 1896 campaign. W.J.B was a democrate. He swept the south and most of the west. He did not make any friends in urban industrial east also the midwest. McKinley won by 500,000 votes.
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    Teddy Roosevelt

    Teddy Roosevelt was the first progressive president. He was the 26th president. He was the Governor of New York, leader of the Rough Riders. He tried to regulate big businesses.
  • Henry Ford

    Henry Ford
    He was the founder of Ford Motor Company. He was the sponsor of the assembly line technique of mass production. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with "Fordism" mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers.
  • Walt Disney

    Walt Disney
    One of the most known human beings to ever have walked the world. He changed cartoons and comics for ever. He made the path for movies and animated movies.
  • Earthquake in San Francisco

    Earthquake in San Francisco
    Occurred at 5:12 A.M. The source was a rupture of the San Andreas Fault. The duration of severe shaking was about 40 seconds, according to Professor Alexander McAdie who experienced the earthquake firsthand. The earthquake damaged many buildings. The Valencia Hotel was a four-story wooden building which collapsed into its own basement. Reference sources give magnitude estimates ranging from 7.7 to 8.25.
  • T.R. Leaving Country

    T.R. Leaving Country
    first president to leave the country while holding office when he and his wife traveled to Panama to inspect construction of the Panama Canal. The president’s trip abroad was big news at the time, and newspapers recognized its historical significance.
  • Upton Sinclair

    Upton Sinclair
    Sinclair was a committed socialist. Fred Warren gave Sinclair an five hundred dollar advance to take seven weeks to understand immigrant workers and then write "The Jungle". This book was rejected by six publishers. He ended up publishing the book by himself. In 1906 there was 150,000 copies made. In Upton's first year of "The Jungle" he revieved $30,000 which today is $600,000. In the next few years the book was publihsed in seventeen different languages and was a best-seller all over the world
  • Model T

    Model T
    Henry Ford made his first Model T and cost $850. The Model T was the first automobile mass produced on moving assembly lines with completely interchangeable parts, marketed to the middle class
  • Sixteenth Amendemnt

    Sixteenth Amendemnt
    This amendemnt gave congress power to impact the economy in a good way. The amendemnt slowly went into effect. The texes were just on imcomes $800 and over at 3% then later a graduated tax came in. "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration."
  • Public Service Reform

    Public Service Reform
    Reforms announced cities need "municipal house keeping" a campaing to help get the cities to more healthy and liveable home for residents. Some organizations took the cleanup campaign to the heart and worked to get rid of the garbage in the cities. Other organizatons worked for better housing and better public education.
  • Eugene Debs

    Eugene Debs
    He is a Socialist and Labor leader, an organizer, American Railway Union, International Workers of the World were part of his diverse repitea. Debs was imprisoned for the role he played in the Pullman Strike. He founded the Social Democratic party and ran for president five times.
  • Chevrolet

    Louis Chevrolet was the found and ousted GM founder WIlliam C. Durant in Nov. 3, 1911. Chevy wanted to sell a lineup of mainstream vehicles to compete with Henry Ford.
  • Seventeenth Amendment

    Seventeenth Amendment
    It amends Article 1 Section 3 of the Constitution to provide for the direct election of Senators by the people of a state rather than their election or appointment by a state legislature, thus effectively eliminating state representation in Congress.
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    Woodrow Wilson

    Wilson was the 28th president. He tried but failed to keep the U.S. out of WWI. Woodrow was from Virginia. He became a professor at Princeton Univeristy in New Jersey. He was an outspoken reformer and also a eloquent speaker. He was an easy pick for the progressives in the Democratic party.
  • First Radio Telephone on Ship

    First Radio Telephone on Ship
    First ship-to-shore radio telephone voice conversation from USS New Hampshire off Virginia Capes to SECNAV Josephus Daniels in Washington, DC.
  • Charles Evans Hughes

    Charles Evans Hughes
    Hughes was the 36th Governor of New York (January 1, 1907 to October 6, 1910), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (October 10,1910 to June 10, 1916), 44th United States Secretary of State (March 5, 1921 to March 4, 1925), and 11th Chief Justice of the United States (February 13, 1930 to June 30, 1941). He was the Republican candidate in the 1916 U.S. Presidential Election. But it was a close finish with Wilson coming out on top.
  • Hiram Johnson

    Hiram Johnson
    Johnson was a leading American Progressive and later was an isolotionist politician. He was from California. He servied as the 23rd Goernor from 1911 to 1917. He then terned his sights to United States Senator for California from 1917 to 1945.
  • Eighteenth Amendment

    Eighteenth Amendment
    The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution banned the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol. Which lead to the beginning of Prohibition. Bu it was repealed by the 21st amendment in 1933. The 18th amendment is the only amendment to have been repealed to this date.
  • Nineteenth Amendment

    Nineteenth Amendment
    The 19th amendment guaranted all American women the right to vote. But to achieve this amendment the American women had to pull out the oldest trick in the book. They used protesting. The women of America protested until they got what they wanted. Few of the first women to start protesting actually got to see the final victory in the 1920's.'s%20Right%20to%20Vote