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PROGRESSIVISM—a reform movement that addressed many of the social problems caused by industrialization Progressives sought to improve living conditions for the urban poor MUCKRAKERS—writers that “raked up” or exposed the filth of society Most articles focused on business and political corruption

3 Ida Tarbell wrote a scathing report on Standard Oil Company and John D
Ida Tarbell wrote a scathing report on Standard Oil Company and John D. Rockefeller Other authors wrote about insurance and stock manipulation, the exploitation of child labor, slum conditions, and racial discrimination

4 REFORMING SOCIETY 1920—more than 50% of all Americans lived in cities
As cities grew they had difficulty providing services such as garbage collection, safe housing, police and fire protecton HOUSING REFORMS Tenement Act of 1901 (NY State Legislature)

5 Forced landlords to install lighting in public hallways and provide a toilet for every two families
Outhouses were eventually banned from NY slums A healthier climate was created in NY Death rate declined dramatically over the next 15 years in NY

1909—NAACP created Ida Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jane Addams, and others 1913—protested the introduction segregation into the federal government 1915—protested the film “Birth of a Nation” because of its hostile stereotyping of African Americans

7 1913—Sigmund Livingston, a Jewish man, founded the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Mission was to fight anti-semetism By 1920—the newspapers’ use of negative references to Jews had nearly stopped

End of the 1800s—labor unions were actively campaigning for the rights of adult male workers 1893—Florence Kelley helped persuade Illinois to prohibit child labor and limit the number of hours women were forced to work 1904—Kelley helped found the National Child Labor Committee Mission was to encourage state legislatures to ban child labor

9 Companies continued to hire children and not all states banned child labor
Kelley led a successful campaign in Oregon to limit the workday in laundries to 10 hours Utah limited the workday in some women’s jobs to 8 hours 1900—40% of working-class families lived in poverty

10 1912—Massachusetts became the first state to pass a minimum wage law
Congress didn’t pass a federal minimum wage law until 1938 COURTS AND LABOR LAWS Businesses began to fight labor laws in court Early 1900s—several Supreme Court cases

11 1905—Lochner v. New York—USSC refused to limit to uphold a law limiting bakers to a 10-hour day because it prevented workers from make a contract with their employer 1908—Muller v. Oregon—USSC upheld a state law establishing a 10-hour workday for women in laundries and factories The argument was that long hours ruined a woman’s health

12 1917—Bunting v. Oregon—Extended protection of a 10-hour day to men working in mills and factories
THE TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST COMPANY FIRE (p. 525) 500 young women employed Factory made women’s blouses

13 At the end of the 6-day workweek, fire erupted from a discarded match
The 8th floor was ablaze and fire quickly spread to two other floors Escape was nearly impossible Doors were locked to prevent theft Doors that were not locked opened inward Flimsy fire escape broke under the weight of the panic-stricken employees People tumbled to their deaths

14 Dozens of workers leaped from windows to escape the fire
More than 140 women and men died As a result NY passed the toughest fire safety laws in the nation THE UNIONS Energetic labor unions joined the fight for better conditions

15 International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU)—1900—organized unskilled workers
1909—”Uprising of the 20,000”—general strike by ILGWU workers Achieved a shorter workweek and higher wages They attracted thousands of workers to the union

16 Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)—1905
Opposed capitalism Leader was William “Big Bill” Haywood Organized unskilled workers Used traditional strategies such as strikes and boycotts Also used radical methods such as industrial sabotage

17 1912—IWW had 20,000 textile workers on strike in Lawrence, MA to protest pay cuts
After 10 weeks the mill owners gave in and raised wages Several strikes were complete failures Government cracked down on IWW’s activities Within a few years it lost power

18 REFORMING GOVERNMENT Progressives targeted government reform and wanted to eliminate corruption CITY GOVERNMENT REFORMS Cleaning up government meant taking control of it Reforms included new rules for police, releasing debtors from prison, improved municipal services, a minimum wage, and kindergartens for children

19 1900—hurricane hits Galveston, TX
City government can’t handle disaster Texas legislature sets up a 5-member commission to govern the city Commissioner were experts in their field, not party loyalists Council-manager model began in Staunton, VA in 1908

20 The city council appointed a professional politician to run the city
STATE GOVERNMENT REFORMS WI Governor Robert M. La Follette called for electoral reforms such as campaign spending limits Created state commissions to regulate railroads and utilities, oversee transportation, civil service, and taxation

21 NY Governor Charles Evens Hughes regulated public utilities and pushed through a worker safety law
MS Governor James Vardaman limited the use of convict labor. Vardaman’s reforms were marred by extreme racism

22 ELECTION REFORMS Progressives wanted elections to be more fair and make politicians more accountable to voters They pushed for the direct primary Voters would choose which candidates would run in the general election MS adopted the direct primary in 1903

23 Progressives backed the XVIIth Amendment (ratified in 1913)
Voters, not state legislatures, had the power to directly elect US Senators Secret ballot—all candidates’ names printed on the same form—most states adopted by 1900 Progressives wanted 3 additional reforms

24 1) the initiative—allowed citizens to put a proposed law on the ballot for public approval
2) the referendum—allows citizens to place a recently passed law on the ballot, allowing voters to approve or reject the measure 3) the recall—enables citizens to remove an elected official from office by calling a special election These measures made politicians more accountable to the voters THE END


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