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1 The Battle for National Reform
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2 The Battle for National Reform
WHAT national reform required the direct election of senators ? Seventeenth Amendment The Progressive movement switched emphasis from the state to the federal level because it encountered failure in trying to regulate business at the state level. 2. The one branch of the US government capable of providing leadership to the national reform movement of the early 1900s was the presidency.

3 Progressive Presidents:
T. Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson

4 Theodore Roosevelt

5 Theodore Roosevelt The Accidental President
“that damn cowboy” – Mark Hanna philosophy = Conservative Progressivism - saw his reforms as a way to prevent radicalism from taking control in the future - believed that corruption in big business could be controlled by applying the pressure of an informed public TR became the most powerful symbol of the reform impulse at the national level

6 Theodore Roosevelt The debates over the federal govs role in progressive reform seems really to be a philosophical debate about capitalism v. socialism. Many moderate progressives including TR were trying to find middle ground.

7 Socialism radical criticism of the capitalist system 1900-1914
supporters of socialism argued that the main problem of American society was not the abuse of economic system by big business but the economic system as a whole differed on the extent of the changes needed the tactics necessary needed to achieve the changes Radical Socialists Moderate Socialists IWW = Wobblies Big Bill Haywood Eugene V. Debs leader of the Socialist party perennial presidential candidate

8 Progressive versions of the debate
Herbert Croly 1st editor of New Republic 1909 book, The Promise of American Life, was one of the most influential progressive documents expressed a “nationalist” position on the American economy. This nationalist policy called for guarding against abuses of power by large institutions by distinguishing between good trusts and bad trusts Gov must promote efficiency & “public good” Louis Brandeis (14) brilliant lawyer, Supreme Court Justice , and author associated with the economic viewpoint that government must regulate competition in such a way as to ensure that large combinations did not emerge Gov must protect competition Monopolies inefficient & threat to freedom

9 Theodore Roosevelt Influenced by Herbert Croly
Good Trusts Bad Trusts Efficiency encouraged by economic concentration Gov policy should not fight “bigness” but guard against abuses of power by large institutions Good Trusts = acted responsibly Bad Trusts = ignored the public interest regulation requires oversight by a STRONG modernized gov Ag. the public good ; ignored the public interest TR quote (596)“We should enter upon a course of supervision , control and regulation of those great corporations … if necessary to bring to the point of control of monopoly prices.” At heart , TR was not a Trust Buster but rather a Trust Regulator Department of Commerce & Labor Northern Securities Case J.P. Morgan


11 Theodore Roosevelt 1st term economic program was hampered by preoccupation with winning reelection Election of 1904 TR won overwhelming victory because: he had neutralized opposition from within the Republican Party the Democrats fielded a weak candidate Alton B. Parker (4) he pursued business reforms without antagonizing financial leaders

12 Theodore Roosevelt “Square Deal” (5)
TRs 1904 reform program Second term yielded reform legislation -Hepburn Railroad Regulation Act (21) -Pure Food & Drug Act (6) -Meat Inspection Act (8) 1906 - Support was generated by Upton Sinclair’s novel – The Jungle (7) In 1907 TR proposed: - 8 hour work days - increased compensation for victims of industrial accidents - inheritance and income taxes Reaction to TRs reform programs revealed a growing split in the Republican party

13 conservation policy = Theodore Roosevelt
desire to put the gov. in charge of natural resource management influenced by Gifford Pinchot 9. John Muir 10. Sierra Club 19. conservation 20. Yosemite National Park 22. Newlands Act destruction of nature = Jack London

14 Theodore Roosevelt The Panic of 1907 (5)
showed the largely uncontrolled nature of banking and the stock market

15 Theodore Roosevelt Muckrakers group of crusading journalists
-late 1880s and early 1900s -who attacked corruption in business and government & tried to uncover injustice Pres. T.R. gave the name because he was annoyed by their excessive zeal

16 Taft

17 Taft Election of 1908 Taft differed from TR : Taft and Progressivism
-Taft enjoyed the support of : -Progressives -Conservatives -TR Taft differed from TR : -passive & obese man -believed in following the letter of the law Taft and Progressivism -first year = less progressive than some had thought -Payne-Aldrich Tariff of 1909 = little change in the tariff rates -Pinchot-Ballinger affair (11) Taft fired Gifford Pinchot for leaking internal administration matters to the press

18 Taft The Return of Roosevelt
1910 = TR reacted to Taft’s actions as president by setting out on a speaking tour to announce his position The New Nationalism speech A call for a strong federal gov an income tax workers compensation tariff revision congressional elections showed that the people wanted a return to reform - TR opposed Taft’s handling of the antitrust suit ag. US Steel because it reflected badly on TRs presidency - Robert La Follette (12) candidacy faltered - In 1912, TR reacted to President Taft’s actions by announcing his own candidacy

19 Taft Election of 1912 = TR -Lost the Rep. nomination
To progressives , the Republican party convention of symbolized the victory of party leaders over the rank and file -Ran as a 3rd Party candidate “Bull Moose” Party (13) -Split the Republican Party = Dems win

20 Woodrow Wilson

21 Woodrow Wilson Political characteristics :
-self-righteously moral ( NOT - willing to compromise ) -energetic & firm -a dynamic leader Program called New Freedom differed fundamentally from TR on the issue of antitrust laws

22 delegated little authority to others
Woodrow Wilson As President delegated little authority to others used his position as head of the Democratic party to influence Congress held close control over his cabinet

23 Woodrow Wilson 1st two years, persuaded Congress to :
created an income tax regulated the banking industry most important piece of domestic legislation was the Federal Reserve Act The Federal Reserve System represented a compromise between public and private interests Federal Reserve notes (15) Est. an agency to regulate trade The Federal Trade Commission Act allowed business regulation through: advising of corporations on whether their behavior was acceptable to the gov; the investigation of corporate behavior; the outlawing of “unfair trade practices” 1914 began pushing reforms again because Democrats lost heavily in the 1914 elections

24 Immigration Restriction
Many progressives believed the continuing influx of foreigners caused many urban problems = Overcrowding , Unemployment , Strained social services The so-called “science” of eugenics argued that human inequalities were hereditary Was used by some progressives to justify the federal laws that limited immigration Progressives used all of the following reasons to justify immigration restriction: The introduction of immigrants was polluting the nation’s racial stock Newer immigrant groups had proven themselves less adaptable to American society than earlier groups The flow of immigrants into urban areas was creating social unrest The American Protective Association supported immigration restrictions a. eugenics (38) b. nativism (39) c. New Immigration (40)

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