Woodrow Wilson

The Progressive Democrat

The Election of 1912

. Woodrow Wilson was elected into office after many Republican voters were split between choosing Taft and Roosevelt.

. Wilson favored New Freedom, criticizing Monopolies believing they should be destroyed, which helped him win the election.

Contribution to Progressive Movement-This restricted the power of gov`t over economy, but regulated businesses

Reforming Tariffs

. Wilson believed lower tariffs on businesses would improve on products and lower their prices.

. Underwood Tariff Act- levies income tax

Contribution-progressive because lower taxes make lower prices and consumers will buy more

Bank Reform

. Federal Reserve Act of 1913- allow government supervision of the banking system.

Contribution-It helps regulate the circulation of money to businesses and to people


. Wilson created the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to monitor American businesses and economy.

. Progressive because it breaks down monopolies and gives the consumers a variety of products and increases competition, furthering the economy.

Progressive Wilson

. Progressivism failed to consider racial and religious discrimination

. The NAACP was created but did not meet with Wilson and progress

Amendments by Wilson

16th (February 3, 1913) - income tax.

17th (April 8, 1913) - Direct election of senators.

18th (January 16, 1919) - Prohibition

19th (August 18, 1920) - suffrage.

Progressive -the people as a whole have a larger voice because women can vote and senators are voted for directly by the people so they have more representation (17th/19th).

Prohibition has people spending more money on different goods other than alcohol (18th).

Levys on income taxes keeps influence and extra power away from larger corporations (16th).