What are the Legislative Achievements of the Progressives?

  • Elkins Act

    Elkins Act
    The Elkins Act is a 1903 United States federal law that amended the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887.[1] The Elkins Act authorized the Interstate Commerce Commission to impose heavy fines on railroads that offered rebates, and upon the shippers that accepted these rebates. The railroad companies were not permitted to offer rebates. Railroad corporations, their officers and employees were all made liable for discriminatory practices.
  • Referdum

    Referdum
    A referendum (also known as a plebiscite or a vote on a ballot question) is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. This may result in the adoption of a new constitution, a constitutional amendment, a law, the recall of an elected official or simply a specific government policy. It is a form of direct democracy.
  • Meat Inspection Act

    Meat Inspection Act
    The Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906 (FMIA) was a United States Congress Act that worked to prevent adulterated or misbranded meat and meat products from being sold as food and to ensure that meat and meat products are slaughtered and processed under sanitary conditions. These requirements also apply to imported meat products, which must be inspected under equivalent foreign standards. USDA inspection of poultry was added by the Poultry Products Inspection Act of 1957. The Food, Drug, and Cos
  • Pure Food and Drug Act

    The purpose was to prevent adulteration or misbranding. Adulteration was defined in various ways. For confectionary, adulteration would be the result of any poisonous color or flavor, or of any other ingredients harmful to human health. Food was adulterated if it contained filthy or decomposed animal matter, poisonous or deleterious ingreidents, or anything that attempted to conceal inferior components -Creation of the Food and Drug Administration, which was entrusted with the responsibility of
  • Hepburn Act

    Hepburn Act
    The Hepburn Act was passed by Congress to increase the authority of the Interstate Commerce Commission over railroads and certain other types of carriers. It authorized the commission to determine and prescribe just and reasonable maximum rates, establish through routes, and prescribe and enforce uniform systems of accounts. Scholars consider the Hepburn Act the most important piece of legislation regarding railroads in the first half of the 20th century. Economists and historians debate wheth
  • 16th Amendment

    16th Amendment
    Congress can collect income tax
  • Recall

    Recall
    Recall: The recall is a direct democratic procedure that provides for removal of elected officials before their terms expire. In most circumstances, a petition drive is held to collect a statutory number of signatures from registered voters. If sufficient valid signatures are verified, the matter is placed on the ballot and submitted to the electorate. Depending upon the election results, the official in question is either allowed to complete his term or is removed from office. One of the genera
  • Secret Ballot

    Secret Ballot
    Secret Ballot - Privacy at the ballot box ensures that citizens can cast votes without party bosses knowing how they voted so they couldn't influence them at the last second.
    Secret Ballot - Privacy at the ballot box ensures that citizens can cast votes without party bosses knowing how they voted so they couldn't influence them at the last second....
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  • Federal Reserve Act

    Federal Reserve Act
    An Act To provide for the establishment of Federal reserve banks, to furnish an elastic currency, to afford means of rediscounting commercial paper, to establish a more effective supervision of banking in the United States, and for other purposes.
  • Federal Trade Commission

    The Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914 pro hibits unfair methods, acts, and practices of com petition in interstate commerce. It also created the Federal Trade Commission, a bipartisan commission of five presidential appointees, confirmed by the Senate, to police violations of the act. The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) function is to counter deceptive acts and practices and anticompetitive behavior by businesses. The FTC enforces the Clayton and Federal Trade Commission Acts as well as a nu
  • Clayton Anti-Trust Act

    Clayton Anti-Trust Act
    The Clayton Anti-trust Act was a law established on October 15, 1914 by Alabama Democrat Henry De Lamar Clayton Jr. It was created to ban monopolies. This act was passed during the WIlson Administration, with a vote of 277-54.
  • 18th Amendment

    18th Amendment
    The Eighteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution established prohibition in the United States. The separate Volstead Act set down methods of enforcing the Eighteenth Amendment, and defined which "intoxicating liquors" were prohibited, and which were excluded from prohibition. The Amendment was unique in setting a time delay before it would take effect following ratification, and in setting a time limit for its ratification by the states. Its ratification was certified on January 16, 19
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits any United States citizen to be denied the right to vote based on sex. It was ratified on August 18, 1920. The Constitution allows the states to determine the qualifications for voting, and until the 1910s most states disenfranchised women. The amendment was the culmination of the women's suffrage movement, which fought at both state and national levels to achieve the vote. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton drafted th