The Progressive Era

  • Jane Addams

    Jane Addams
    Jane Addams was a social worker. SHe oppened a social settlement house called Hull House which caused great reform through out the streets of chicago.
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    The Progressive Era

  • Florence Kelley

    Florence Kelley
    Florence Kelley helped to persuade the Illinois legislature to prohibit child labor and to place a limit on the number of hours women could work. She also helped to organize the National Child Labor Committee.
  • William Jennings Bryan

    William Jennings Bryan
    William Jennings Bryan was the Democratic nominee in the 1896 presidential election. He was for inflationary free silver. He gave a famous speech at the National Convention in Chicago called the "Cross of Gold." speech. In his speech, he spoke against the gold standard and its impact on the working class and he proposed to issue paper money which would be backed by silver.
  • Labor Reform

    Labor Reform
    With Wilson's support, Congress passed the Federal Workman's Compensation Act. This provided benefits to federal workers injured on the job and showed how Wilson supported Progressiveism and was pushing for reform.
  • Robert La Follette

    Robert La Follette
    Robert La Follette, more truly a Progressive than Theodore Roosevelt, begins the first of three terms as a reform governor of Wisconsin in the 1900's. He fights for legislation to regulate corporations for the public good, He provided for conservation of natural resources, and governance uncorrupted by business influence.
  • Lawrence Veiller

    Lawrence Veiller
    He was a settlement-house worker who fought against tenement owners who sacrificed the health and welfare of thousands of people for profit. In 1901, he was successful in getting the New York Tenement House Bill passed
  • Teddy Roosevelt

    Teddy Roosevelt
    In 1901, Teddy Roosevelt became the first progressive president of the US. During the first term of his presidency, he brought forth the Square Deal to regulate big business and provide more favorable conditions for workers. During his second term, he brought the regulation of railroads, meat inspections, employers' liability legislation, the Pure Food and Drug Act.
  • Lincoln Steffans

    Lincoln Steffans
    Lincoln Steffans was known as a muckraker. In 1904, he wrote, "The Shame of the Cities," which he documents political corruotion in cities across the United States. As a result of his book, cities began to use city managers and city commissions. Progressors would support this because they wanted government reform tho end corrupt practices.
  • Corrupt Practices Reform

    Corrupt Practices Reform
    Lincoln Steffans examined and wrote about political corruption within cities, and as a result cities began to hire experts in different fields to run a single part of city government. For example, the sanitation commissioner would be in charge of sewage removal and garbage only. City managers were also hired.
  • Upton Sinclair

    Upton Sinclair
    In 1906, Upton Sinclair wrote the novel, "The Jungle." The Jungle became part of the reform movement. In his novel, Sinclair describes the horrific meat packing industry in Chicago. He alerted the public about capitalist greed, poverty, absence of social programs, and the horrible living and working condtions. This was known as Public Service Reform.
  • H.G. Wells

    H.G. Wells
    He was known as "The Father of the Progressive Movement." He was a famous Science Fiction author, who was devoted to Darwinism. He wrote Science fiction novels which focused on ideas of the future. In 1906, he wrote "The Future in America." In this book he writes about the cause of political corruption and the rule of the party boss in the city.
  • The Hepburn Act

    The Hepburn Act
    The Hepburn Act allowed the Interstate Commerse Commission to set the max railroad rates and iinspect railroad companies finacial records. This could be concidered as a business reform.
  • Business Reform

    Business Reform
    The Pure Food and Drug Act prohibited the manufacture, sale or transportation of food and patent medicine which contained harmful ingredients. The law also required that all companies label accurately all ingredients on the containers of food and medicines.
  • Charles Evans Hughes

    Charles Evans Hughes
    Charles Evans Huhges served as Govener of New York for two terms. He created a progressive record in office by passing insurance reforms, securing labor legislatim, and creating a Public Service Commission.
  • Josephine Goldmark

    Josephine Goldmark
    Dhe was a co-worker of Florence Kelley and helped her to convince the court to uphold the Oregon Law which limited women laundry workers to work 10 hours a day. She helped to win the case against the employer who challenged the 10-hour work day.
  • Louis D. Brandeis

    Louis D. Brandeis
    Brandeis was a lawyer. He was known as "the people's attorney" for taking cases which involved social reform. He wrote the "Brandeis Brief" which included evidence of the terriable effects that working long hours had on women's health well-being. This convinced the Court to uphold the Oregon Law.
  • Public Service Reform

    Public Service Reform
    The National Conservation Commission was created to inventory the nations resources and manage their use more efficently. This was known as public service reform because it helped out the nation and the public comunity as a whole.
  • Social Justice Reform

    Social Justice Reform
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded. The NAACP worked on social reforms for African Americans that would provide them equal rights. It also worked on cases through the court system to put an end to restrictions on voting and on other civil rights involving racial inequality.
  • Herbert Croly

    Herbert Croly
    He was a progressive intellectual and political theorist. He wrote, "The Promise of American Life," in 1909. Croly believed that the government should promote the welfare of all citizens by expanding opportunities and not just promoting the interests of the business class.
  • National Urban League

    National Urban League
    The National Urban League was founded by black and white people who struggled for racial juctices. The league helped improve housing and job opportunities for urban black people which helped alot in the progressive era.
  • Hiram Johnson

    Hiram Johnson
    Hiram Johnson is elected Governor of California. He ends corruption of Californian politics by the Southern Pacific Railroad, and pushes through an extensive program of Progressive reforms.
  • Rose Schneiderman

    Rose Schneiderman
    Rose Schneiderman was a Women's Trade Union League Organizer. After the tragic fire at New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist company, she organized the working class movement that set reforms which improved factory safety regulations. New York City enacted the strictest fire safety code
  • Society of American Indians

    Society of American Indians
    The Society of American Indians was formed by a group of 50 middle-class professional men and women who were Native Americans. They addressed the problems facing Native Americans, such as education, civil rights, local government and ways to improve health.
  • Eugene Debs

    Eugene Debs
    Eugen Debs ran against Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt in the Presidential election of 1912. He was of the Socialist Party. He believed in public ownership of all major industries and he supported worker control of the government. He lost the 1912 election to Woodrow Wilson.
  • 16th Amendment

    16th Amendment
    The 16th Amendment authorizing income taxes in their present form. The Progressive party was also in favor of this amendment because it was a change and they were all in favor of progress
  • Woodrow Wilson

    Woodrow Wilson
    During his presidency, Woodrow Wilson had many bills passed in Congress which affected lowering tarrif rates, income taxes, banking, business and child labor and other domestic policies. He also passed the new banking reform, The Federal Reserve Act of 1913, the Underwood Tariff Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, The Federal Trade Commission, and many other acts.
  • 17th Amendment

    17th Amendment
    The 17th amendment supported the progressive era because it was a constitutional amemdment that provided for the direct election of the US senators.
  • Clayton Antitrust Act

    Clayton Antitrust Act
    The Clayton Antitrust Act strengthened the Sherman Antitrust Act by outlawing the creation of a monopoly through any means, and stated that unions were not subject to antitrust legislation.
  • 18th Amendment

    18th Amendment
    Prohibitionists reached their goal when the 18th Amendment was passed in 1917 by Congress.On January 29, 1919, the 18th Amdendment was ratified by the states. This Amendment prohibited manufacture, sale, or importation of alcoholic beverages.
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. The progressives fought for reform which included the womens sufferage movement so they were for the 19th Amendment