Progressive Era Timeline

  • Booker T. Washington

    Booker T. Washington
    An African American who was born into slavery and rose to become a leading intellectual of the 19th century.
  • Rise of KKK

    Rise of KKK
    A circle of people that supported white supremacy, anti-Catholicism, anti-antisemitism, and anti communism.
  • Jim Crow Laws

    Jim Crow Laws
    A collection of laws that legalized racial segregation.
  • W.E.B. Dubois

    W.E.B. Dubois
    An African American writer, teacher, sociologist and activist whose worked influenced and changed the way African Americans were viewed in society.
  • Tuskegee Institute

    Tuskegee Institute
    It was found by Booker T. Washington, it was the first institution of higher learning for African Americans.
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese Exclusion Act
    It was a law signed off by President Arthur denying all immigration of Chinese laborers.
  • Interstate Commerce Act

    Interstate Commerce Act
    In 1887, when the U.S. Congressmen agreed to make the railroads the first industry to a Federal regulation.
  • Jane Addams-Hull House

    Jane Addams-Hull House
    Jane Addams-Hull formed settlement houses were created to provide community services.
  • Sherman Antitrust Act

    Sherman Antitrust Act
    The Sherman Antitrust Act was one of the first federal law acts that outlawed monopolistic business practices.
  • Muckrackers

    Muckrackers were journalists who exposed institutions and leaders as corrupt.
  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Plessy v. Ferguson
    In 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a segregation decision to do the “separate but equal” doctrine.
  • McKinley Assassinated

    McKinley Assassinated
    President William McKinley was murdered.
  • Teddy Roosevelt's Square Deal

    Teddy Roosevelt's Square Deal
    President Roosevelt introduced a domestic program which showed natural resources, control of corporations, and a consumer protection.
  • Coal Miner Strike-1902

    Coal Miner Strike-1902
    In 1902, United Mine workers decided to start a fight for a better wage and working conditions.
  • Ida Tarbell "History of Standard Oil"

    Ida Tarbell "History of Standard Oil"
    Ida Tarbell was a journalist who wrote a book exposing the Standard Oil Company.
  • Niagara Movement

    Niagara Movement
    The Niagara movement was a civil rights group gathered by W.E.B. Du bois to form an organization dedicated to social and political change for African Americans.
  • Food and Drug Act

    Food and Drug Act
    The Food and Drug Act prohibited any misbranded or suspicious foods from being sold in the interstate commerce.
  • Roosevelt-Antiquities Act

    Roosevelt-Antiquities Act
    This act established the first general legal protection of cultural and natural resources in the United States.
  • Federal Meat Inspection Act

    Federal Meat Inspection Act
    President Theodore Roosevelt prohibited that the meatpacking industry, meaning that all USDA must inspect any kind of meat from cows, pigs, sheep,goats, and horses before and after they have been killed.
  • "The Jungle" published

    "The Jungle" published
    The Jungle was a novel wrote by Upton Sinclair, and it did a raise in the meat industry. It was used to get the government more involved with the problems in society instead of letting people handle it on their own.
  • Muller v. Oregon

    Muller v. Oregon
    Oregon passed a law that limited women's hours working in factories and laundries, and Curt Miller was fined when he broke the law which was upheld in a Supreme Court.
  • Taft Wins

    Taft Wins
    William Howard Taft was elected president in the 1908 election.
  • NAACP formed

    NAACP formed
    The NAACP stood for National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It was America's oldest and largest civil rights organization.
  • 16th Amendment

    16th Amendment
    The sixteenth amendment addressed that 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.
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

    Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
    A fire was broken out on the top floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, which caused workers to jump to their deaths.
  • Urban League

    Urban League
    An organization formed in New York City used for civil rights. It was also known as one of the "Big Five." It provided assistance to African Americans to further the dual tenets of economic and social justice.
  • Department of Labor Established

    Department of Labor Established
    The Department of Labor was an executive department formed to help workers, job seekers, and retirees by creating standards for safety, wages, hours, and benefits.
  • 17th Amendment

    17th Amendment
    The seventeenth amendment established that the senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, elected by the people thereof, for six years, and each Senator shall have one vote.
  • Underwood-Simmons Tariff

    Underwood-Simmons Tariff
    This tariff re-established a federal income tax in the United States and substantially lowered tariff rates.
  • Federal Reserve Act

    Federal Reserve Act
    The act to establish economic stability in the United States by introducing a central bank to oversee monetary policy.
  • Trench Warfare

    Trench Warfare
    This was important during the first World War because they protected the soldiers from machine guns or any weapon from the opposing side.
  • Federal Trade Commission

    Federal Trade Commission
    The Federal Trade Commission was used to prevent unfair methods of competition in commerce as part of the battle to "bust the trust".
  • Federal Trade Commission Act

    Federal Trade Commission Act
    The Federal Trade Commission Act protects consumers by stopping deceptive practices in the marketplace.
  • Clayton Antitrust Act

    Clayton Antitrust Act
    An act that defines unethical business practices, such as price fixing and monopolies and upholds various rights of labor.
  • The Birth of a Nation (1915)

    The Birth of a Nation (1915)
    It was an American silent epic drama film that was the longest and most profitable film.
  • Lusitana sunk

    Lusitana sunk
    The British ocean liner Lusitania, carried people and goods across the Atlantic Ocean between the United States and Great Britain. It was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sunk.
  • Wilson elected

    Wilson elected
    Woodrow Wilson was elected president on November 7th.
  • Zimmerman Telegram

    Zimmerman Telegram
    British cryptographers deciphered a telegram from Arthur Zimmerman to Heinrich von Eckhardt, offering the U.S. territory to Mexico in return for joining the German cause.
  • Wilson asks for War

    Wilson asks for War
    President Woodrow Wilson declared a war against Germany for violating their pledge to suspend unrestricted submarine warfare in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
  • Espionage Act

    Espionage Act
    This act made it a crime for any person to convey information intended to interfere with the United States armed forces prosecution of the war effort or to promote the success of the country's enemies.
  • Wilson-Fourteen Points

    Wilson-Fourteen Points
    Wilson made a proposal outlining his vision for ending World War I in a way that would prevent conflict again.
  • Sedition Act

    Sedition Act
    It permitted the deportation, fine, or imprisonment of anyone that deemed a threat or published false writing against the government of the U.S.
  • Hammer v. Dagenhart

    Hammer v. Dagenhart
    Reuben Dagenhart's father had to sue for behalf of his freedom to have his son work in a textile mill at fourteen, which violated the Keating-Owen Child Labor Act.
  • Armistice Day

    Armistice Day
    The allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany at Rethondes, France bringing the first World War to a close.
  • 18th Amendment

    18th Amendment
    The amendment that banned the manufacture transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors ushered in a period in American history known as Prohibition.
  • Treaty of Versailles to Senate

    Treaty of Versailles to Senate
    President Wilson delivered the treaty to the Senate who rejected the treaty.
  • Wilson Stroke

    Wilson Stroke
    Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke and was incapacitated for the remainder of his presidency.
  • League of Nations

    League of Nations
    An international organization found after the Paris Peace Conference. Their goals included disarmament, and preventing a war overall.
  • Versailles Peace Conference

    Versailles Peace Conference
    It was a conference held to establish the terms of the peace after World War I.
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    This amendment gave women the right to vote and not be denied or abridged.