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At turn of the century, a group of reformers known as the progressives attempted to reform society and redress the abuses and societal decay of the Gilded Age. Chapter 28 – Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt (1901- 1912)
Progressive Roots The progressive reforms waged a war on monopoly, corruption, social injustice, etc. Roots of Gilded Age populism, labor activity further back = 2 nd Gr8 Awakening Jeffersonian laissez-faire withering…social and econ. imperatives Progressives attack the trusts Calls for productive industry over wasteful business Jacob Riis’ photos of the slums moves TRoosevelt Socialists, Christians, economists, feminists urge changes
The Muckrakers Muckrakers: reporters who exposed Gilded Age abuses Railroads, trusts, gov’t, labor conditions, social evils, race, etc. Lincoln Steffens’: corrupt alliance of biz and gov’t Ida M. Tarbell’s: Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Co. Ray Stannard Baker: plight of Southern blacks John Spargo: child labor Dr. Harvey W. Wiley: patent medicines The muckrakers focused on expose, rather than political change
Political Progressivism Two goals of progressives Use gov’t to stop monopolies Improve citizens’ lives and labor Political changes Initiatives, referendums, recalls, Australian ballot 17 th Amendment > direct election of US Senators Progressives back suffrage Urban progressivism Attack machine politics, slumlords, prostitution, youth crime Governors LaFollette (WI), Johnson (CA), Hughes (NY) push for publics utilities
La Follette This political cartoon shows La Follette holding a big club with the words “For Any Old Trust.” La Follette rallied against big business and trusts by bringing his message to the people. The message he delivered was the need to restore democracy and allow the average citizen an active say in the government’s actions. It depicts La Follette as a short, stout man with a large head; the club he wields is larger than he is. This implied that La Follette’s strength of mind and his power to manipulate all tools available to encourage reform and put trusts in their proper place were far greater than his body’s physical strength. A verse is written below the cartoon and refers to the period when he first became a senator. The verse is entitled "From the Railroads to La Follette" and reads--From the Badger wilds comes an "ornery cuss" With a lot of noise and a lot of fuss To make in the senate an awful muss And mix up a horrible dose for us. He will not be fixed and he spurns our bait Nor would he be governor of his state He's whetted his knife for the special rate And swears that he'll slaughter our dear rebate.
The Millionaire’s Club http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2015/0 5/07/darrell-issa-income- inequality.cnnmoney/ http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2015/0 5/07/darrell-issa-income- inequality.cnnmoney/ Of 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had an average net worth of $1 million or more. Members of Congress have long been far wealthier than the typical American, but the fact that now a majority of members — albeit just a hair over 50 percent — are millionaires represents a watershed moment at a time when lawmakers are debating issues like unemployment benefits, food stamps and the minimum wage, which affect people with far fewer resources, as well as considering an overhaul of the tax code. The richest member of Congress is Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) chairman of the House Oversight Committee. Issa, who made his fortune in the car alarm business, has an average net worth of $464 million in 2012.
Progressive Women Women leaders in the progressive activist movement Settlement house movement entry to public life Literary clubs discuss social and current events Activities an extension of maternal role Factory reformers attack labor conditions for women and children Florence Kelley’s National Consumer League Muller v. Oregon (1908): Louis D. Brandeis persuades S Court to protect women workers Response to Triangle Shirtwaist Company tragedy Regulations of hours and conditions in sweatshops Workers’ compensation laws Temperance movement led by women Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Dry laws
The Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy https://vimeo.com/69541895 https://vimeo.com/69541895 One hundred years ago on March 25, fire spread through the cramped Triangle Waist Company garment factory on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the Asch Building in lower Manhattan. Workers in the factory, many of whom were young women recently arrived from Europe, had little time or opportunity to escape. The rapidly spreading fire killed 146 workers. The building had only one fire escape, which collapsed during the rescue effort. Long tables and bulky machines trapped many of the victims. Panicked workers were crushed as they struggled with doors that were locked by managers to prevent theft, or doors that opened the wrong way. Only a few buckets of water were on hand to douse the flames. Outside, firefighters' ladders were too short to reach the top floors and ineffective safety nets ripped like paper.
TR’s “Square Deal” TR wants a square deal for capital, labor, public Control of corporations Consumer protection Conservation of natural resources Backs coal miners in labor dispute with the threat of force…reversal of Gilded Age trend to back Biz Creates Department of Commerce and Labor Bureau of Corporations used to break monopolies Elkins Act and Hepburn Act attacked railroad rebates and free passes ICC finally given teeth to enforce laws TR trust-busting…regulating, not destroying (Taft went further)…good vs. bad trusts Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle exposed the unsanitary Chicago meat industry Meat Inspection Act enables federal inspections Pure Food and Drug Act: labeling of foods and drugs
The Environment Conservation movement in the face of decades of industrialization A public reaction to the closing of the frontier TR the great outdoorsman invigorates the movement begun by Gifford Pinchot (Division of Forestry) Newlands Act, Roosevelt Dam Federal reserves of 125 million acres of forest, coal deposits, water resources Symbolically banned Christmas trees in the White House Culture and conservation Jack London’s Call of the Wild Boy Scouts Nature preserves Sierra Club Conservation (proper use of nature) vs. Preservation (protection) TR and Pinchot vs. Sierra Clubbers TR’s multiple-use resource management
Passing of the Baton TR promises not to run for a third term; successor? TR chooses William Howard Taft (Sec of War) Taft wins easily against a now thrice-defeated Bryan Socialist Eugene Debs gains 400k votes TR leaves for his African safari TR’s radical label overstated? TR’s legacy Conservation Executive power Progressivism Foreign policy Big stick
Tubby Taft It's true that weight was an issue for Taft, who weighed in at 340 pounds on a 5'11.5" frame. In preparation for Taft’s trip to inspect construction of the Panama Canal in 1909, the captain of the USS North Carolina requested an oversized bathtub to accommodate the new president- elect. Details on the incident–if it actually happened–can be slippery. Some legends say it took multiple men to pull him out of the jam. Others claim butter was used to slide him out. President Taft had an extra- large tub in the White House to accommodate his size. Without conclusive evidence, how did the apparent urban legend about Taft start? Was Tubgate just another example of dirty politics? Roosevelt’s supporters made fun of Taft’s weight in the bitter 1912 election. The story could have grown from there. With a presidential campaign in 2016 possibly featuring a heavy-set candidate, the power of an urban legend shouldn’t be underestimated.
Dollar Diplomacy Taft’s presidency hurt by political liabilities, moderate progressivism Taft encourages US investments abroad to support political interests (coined dollar diplomacy by his critics) China: attempt by Taft for US biz to take over Manchurian railroad control from Japan and Russia…epic fail broseph Caribbean Urges Wall St. to inject $ into struggling areas to prop up Monroe Doctrine American forces brought into countries to protect US investments This is basically the essence of the Roosevelt Corollary…TR provided the cover for interventions (order, democracy, civilization, uplift, etc.)…Taft was more blatant about the true reasons > $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Taft and the Republican split Taft brought more anti-trust suits than TR 90 in 4 years; 44 in 7 years for TR Standard Oil broken up in 1911 by Supreme Court The Court’s “rule of reason” ruling hurts gov’t anti-trust power Taft’s U.S. Steel suit enrages TR Progressive Repubs demand lower tariffs; Taft does little to dissuade Congress from passing a moderate, compromise bill (Payne-Aldrich Bill) Repubs now split between Progressives and Old Guards; lose 1910 congressional election An angry TR attempts and fails to win Repub nomination for president…aims for a third party run