Progressive President Superhero

Woodrow Wilson

Woody the Wilson

"The Man with a Plan and The Resolution Clad"


Woody's Reforms

Good Deeds

In 1914 Woody created the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the regulatory body became co-opted by business interests just like the Interstate Commerce Commission before it.


Federal Reserve System was to increased income taxes on business and individuals Woody lowered the tariff. The system was to reform the national economy.


The Clayton Antitrust Act (1914) declared that certain business illegal (interlocking directorates, trusts, horizontal mergers). Unions and the Grange were not subject to antitrust laws. This made unions illegal. Strikes, boycotts, picketing and the collection of strike benefit funds ruled legal.





Fuming Farmer

Villian

1. As the urban population grew, so did the demand for food. Farmers planted more crops, causing a surplus.


2. Prices fell and farm profits plunged.


3. At the same time, expenses, such as railroads freight charges and the price of new machinery, continued to rise.


4. Most farmers borrowed money against their land to buy new equipment and when they could not pay back their loans, the banks seized their property and put them out of business.


5. Problems developed for farmers because of more farm land being planned which led to a decrease in prices for farm products.


Shero

The Sidekick: Ida B. Wells

Shero, is the best sidekick ever. She helped keep Women's Suffrage relevant in the world. During Woody's Inauguration 5,000 women campaigned in the streets to allow women to vote and have rights.


Even though Shero tried to help women but the National American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA) asked her not to, some women said that they would not walk alongside a black woman.


Shero was very educated and she journalist. Shero still went a head and marched, two white women marched with her.


In 1920, women were granted the right to even though they did not work together. Black and White women received Civil Rights.


She is well known for uncovering the secret behind Standard Oil. She wrote The History of the Standard Oil Company


The Victory!

Woody wins over Fuming Farmer!

1. The National Grange- Farmers formed cooperatives. They purchased large ticket items- grains silos, tractors- as a a group. Each farmer paid less and shared the machinery. They planted fewer acres and got better prices. They pushed for better laws and control of harmful railroad pricing practices.


2. The Interstate Commerce Act (1887)- Railroad prices and practices regulated.


3. Federal Farm Loan Act (1916)- Low interest loan to farmers.

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