The Reform Of Progressive Era Brought

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Not everyone welcomed the reforms that Progressive era brought. As people who believed in Constitution of United States is the best political charter yet created by mankind, “conserve” it and handed it down to the next generation as it is the best practice to guarantee the free exercise of the inherent rights of individual through strictly limiting the power of the government, Elihu Root, William Howard Taft and Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr., leading members of the Republican Party, faced challenging time during the Progressive era. They strove to “conserve” the core principles of the American constitutionalism from reformist of Progressivism. As people trust that our (Americans) liberties can remain secure only if government is so limited that it cannot infringe upon inherent rights, they resisted the Progressive ambitions for direct, unrestrained democracy and the resulting the attacks on the courts, representative government, and the traditional limits of the presidency.
Three men, mentioned above, understood and accepted the necessity of Progressive reforms, and new Amendments, although many people saw them as a big boulder blocking their way to Progressive. In fact, they didn’t try to The Sixteenth Amendment had widespread support, and they gave it theirs in part to end the bitter disputes about tariff schedules that had long divided the Republican Party. It is also worth noting that the first income tax passed under the Sixteenth Amendment had a top rate of 7 percent and…
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