Progressive Era Dbq

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Progressive Era

The progressive leaders led the reform process of the nation’s industrial economy in the early years of the 20th century. Through the antirust acts, inspection acts, and regulations on trading, progressive reformers reshaped the way the economy ran. In a political cartoon by the Washington Post in 1907, President Roosevelt is on a dead raccoon with the words “bad trust” shaved into it. The political cartoon does over exaggerate the effectiveness of Roosevelt’s policies regarding trusts, but it does represent the way Roosevelt started the new regulation policies. In his second presidency, he started the “square deal.” This deal first passed Hepburn Railroad Regulation Act of 1906 which put regulations on the industry.
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These documents both stated the need for political reform with the progressive ideals of Roosevelt and the lowering percentages in each election. However, the progressives failed to unite the party’s ideas for reform in the politics of the early 20th century. The antitrust policies, industry regulations, and inspections acts found its way into the books of legislation and made major reforms regarding the way business conducted themselves in commerce. However, the progressive era failed to unite ideas into one major progressive party which led to the decrease in citizen involvement in politics of the early 20th century. In addition, the progressives failed to enact any major policies besides the Women Suffrage Act that would help the social status of women, African Americans, or children in factoires. Overall, the progressive era was successful in changing the way American Industry worked but fell short of making any large reforms for the social standings of certain Americans and the political
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