Progressive Era

By Tyler Pender

Who where the progressives? What Where there Motives

Progressives were groups of reformers that worked to improve social and political problems in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Many were well educated professionals from the cities. These progressives had different ideas on how to solve the problems that they saw. Many focused on different areas that included regulating business, reforming government, improving working conditions, improving health, working for women’s rights, and improving the conservation of natural resources. There are many examples of people who were progressives. Some progressives were known as muckrakers and wrote about the problems they saw. Upton Sinclair published The Jungle to highlight poor conditions in meat packing plants which led to the Meat Inspection Act and later to the Pure Food and Drug Act. President Theodore Roosevelt was a great progressive and worked to regulate big business and worked with such naturalists as John Muir on conservation issues. Robert La Follette of Wisconsin worked to make government more honest and responsive to the people.

Social Reform


-Women's Right to vote



Government Reform (Federal)

Clayton Antitrust Act (1914)

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.

Government Reform (local/state)

Secret Ballot

Privacy at the ballot box ensures that citizens can cast votes without party bosses knowing how they voted.

Suffarage Reform Key Players

Alice Stokes Paul

Lucy Burns

Suffarage Key Events

Colorado is the first state to adopt an amendment granting women the right to vote. Utah and Idaho follow suit in 1896, Washington State in 1910, California in 1911, Oregon, Kansas, and Arizona in 1912, Alaska and Illinois in 1913, Montana and Nevada in 1914, New York in 1917;Michigan, South Dakota, and Oklahoma in 1918.

The federal woman suffrage amendment, originally written by Susan B. Anthony and introduced in Congress in 1878, is passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. It is then sent to the states for ratification.

Big Business Regulation

The Sherman Act of 1890 attempted to outlaw the restriction of competition by large companies that co-operated with rivals to fix outputs, prices, and market shares, initially through pools and later through trusts.

Progressive Amendments

16th Amendment

Amendment to the United States Constitution (1913) gave Congress the power to tax income.

17th Amendment

Passed in 1913, this amendment to the Constitution calls for the direct election of senators by the voters instead of their election by state legislatures.

18th Amendment

Ban on sale, manufacture, and transport of alcoholic beverages. Repealed by 21st amendment

19th Amendment

Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1920) extended the right to vote to women in federal or state elections.

New Ideas?

I don't think that it was new ideas I think that the are old ideas that where carried over in to the new century. The Progressive era was just a big era of people protesting the things that they did not like so that they would get changed.