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Group of journalists that drew attention to social, economic and political injustice. Exposed scandal and corruption. First targets were trusts and railroads.
Peak of influence in first decade of 19th century: investigated governments, labor unions, corporations.


Ida Tarbell

Part of Muckrakers. Produced study of Standard Oil trust.


Jane Addams

Created Hull House


Hull House

Settlement house in Chicago. Response to problems of crowded immigrant neighborhoods in cities. Became model for other institutions. Helped immigrant families to adapt to language and customs of US.
-> efforts of educated women
-> launched the profession of social work, especially for women


Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Promoter of Woman Suffrage, thought women should have the same rights as men


Susan B Anthony

Woman suffrage


Carrie Chapman Catt

Journalist from Iowa, cofounded (?) Woman Suffrage Association, under her leadership grew enormously


Alice Paul

Head of militant National Woman's party, argued 19th Amendment would not be enough to protect womens' rights, needed amendment that would provide clear legal protection for their rights and would prohibit discrimination based on sex, her argument found limited favor


What were the arguments for and against women's suffrage?

For: equal rights, would allow women to bring virtues more widely to bear on society's problems, would be important contribution to politics because the largest group of temperance movement would have political voice, war would become past bc women would end men's warlike behavior

Against: radical, old picture of women as wives and mothers, suffrage was associated with divorce, promiscuity, neglect of children


What factors were contributing to the "new," more assertive woman?

Insulation from political and professional life enhanced their ability to wield influence, women were having fewer children, had more time for themselves, many single women, higher level of education, formed clubs to help lower class


What factors finally contributed to the ratification of the 19th Amendment?

1920: Guaranteed political rights to women


Initiative referendum

mean same thing, petition process, in ballot get proposition that says they want or do not want something to happen and it becomes law, get around legislature


Robert M. LaFollette

Most celebrated state-level reformer, elected governor in 1900, turned his state Wisconsin into something called 'laboratory of progressivism'. Wisconsin progressives won approval of primaries, initiatives and referendums and other progressive stuff


Lobby and interest groups

Professional organizations, trade associations representing particular businesses and industries, labor organizations, farm lobbies and more. Some clubs as women's club needed to operate as interest clubs to advance demands.

New pattern of politics, in which individual interests organized to influence government


Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Fire in factory of Triangle Shirtwaist Company in NY, many workers died, because trapped inside since emergency exists were locked by management
After, state commission studied cause for fire and condition of workplace. Issued reports that called for major reforms, that reached legislatures in Tammany Hall who created strict regulations on factory owners.


W.E.B. DuBois

Challenged Washington who said blacks should concentrate later on political equality and first on self-improvement with his own book, accused him on limiting aspirations, said blacks should strive for full university education and fight for civil rights

Launched Niagara Movement and then cofounded NAACP. Fought for equal rights, lawsuits in federal courts were the weapons


18th Amendment

Prohibition of alcohol


What were the primary aims and accomplishments of the progressives at the state and local levels?

Less control of legislatures, machines, bosses, parties

Child labor, worker's conditions, women work,


Why could the temperance movement be considered progressive? Why not?

It tried to help working class and fight against saloons/ boss machines


Direct primary and Recall

elect somebody and regret, sign petitions to have new election to replace that person the


John Muir

US leading preservationist, founder of Sierra Club, added to National Park System (protect public land from exploitation or development)
Spent a lot of his time with controversy over Hetch Hetchy Valley (many wanted a reservoir fro dam, but naturalists wanted to protect it), Construction of dam won


Pure Food and Drug Act

Restricted sale of of dangerous or ineffective medicines


Meat Inspection Act

Response to book The Jungle; Helped eliminate many diseases transmitted in impure meat


What did Roosevelt feel was the U.S. government's role in business, particularly regarding monopolies and big business?

Mediator of public good, investigate businesses and publicize results


What laws did he propose to Congress that would help do this? (Government's role in business)

Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 (established ICC) was effort to regulate industry but later its influence was limited
Hepburn Railroad Regulation Act of 1906 sought to restore some authority to government by giving ICC authority to inspect books of railroad companies

Pure Food and Drug Act
Meat inspection Act

Eight-hour day for workers,
broader compensation for victims of industrial accidents,
inheritance and income taxes
Regulation of stock market


How did Roosevelt respond to the coal strike in 1902?

Asked operators and mines to accept impartial federal judgement, threatened to seize mines when owners refused


How was that different from his predecessors?

Used military to seize mines, used it in favor for miners, not operators


What was Roosevelt's position on the natural environment?

Conservation of environment
Protection of natural beauty of land and health of wildlife from humans


What did he do to accomplish this? (Conservation of environment)

Adding public land to national forest system
Establish government's role as manager of development of wilderness
Public reclamation and irrigation projects
National Reclamation Act: provided federal funds for construction of dams, reservoirs, canals in West


What were some of the qualities or personal style characteristics that Roosevelt made us of in his Presidency?



Keating-Owen Act

Prohibited shipment across state lines of goods produced by underage children, giving importance to constitutional clause assigning Congress the task of regulating interstate commerce


Federal Reserve System

Federal Reserve Act: created twelve regional banks, each to be owned by banks in district, Federal Reserve banks would hold certain percentage of assets of member banks in reserve, would use reserves to support loans to private banks at interest rate, would issue new paper currency, would be able to shift funds quickly to troubled areas


What were Taft's accomplishments? His shortcomings?

Bad: Didn't change tariffs at all, Pinchot Ballinger Controversy (over forests)


Do you think that he (Taft) was helped or hindered by following Roosevelt? Why?

I guess not? Because too high expectations, didn't form his own opinion


How did Roosevelt's New Nationalism differ from Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom?

New Nationalism: social justice for minorities only possible through strong government, much intervention and regulation: graduated income, inheritance tax, workers compensation for industrial accident, regulation of women and child labor, tariff revision, regulation of corporations

New Freedom/ difference: approach to economic policy and trusts: wanted not to regulate, but destroy monopolies


How did the inexperienced Wilson manage to defeat both Taft and Roosevelt, both of whom had Presidential experience?

Wilson had Democrats' interest and Roosevelt and Taft shared Republicans


What does Roosevelt's defeat in 1912 tell you about American politics?

It is not loyal to one person, but more spontaneous, constantly changing, and people are interested in someone who at that time represents their interests


What were 4 of Wilson's progressive accomplishments?

1. Federal Reserve Act
(2. 17th Amendment)
3. 18th Amendment
4. 19th Amendment
5. League of Nations


Great White fleet

New American navy, TR sent 16 ships on unprecedented journey around world including Japan to make sure Japan recognized A as big naval power


Roosevelt Corollary

US had right to not only oppose European intervention in Western hemisphere but also to intervene in domestic affairs of neighbors if they proved unable to maintain order and national sovereignty on own

(Result of: thinking European 'intrusion' into Latin America could result from from aggression and instability and irresponsibility of LAs)


Panama Canal

Canal through Canada, shortening the route for A ships


Big Stick

African expression, have force/ threat at hand, for TR Us navy, used it as navy when building Panama canal, sent it to Colombia to remind them that they tried too hard to be independent from Panama


Dollar Diplomacy

Policies of Taft: extend American investments into less developed regions


Pancho Villa

Lieutenant of Carranza, opposing Constitutionalist, began staging raids across Us border, Wilson began chasing him but nerve found him


What were TR's views on civilization?

Use American power in world: divided in civilized and uncivilized
Civilized: white, Anglo-Saxon, Teutonic; producers of industrial goods
Uncivilized: nonwhite, Latin, Slavic; suppliers of raw materials and markets for industrial products
Because economically linked civilized had right to intervene in affairs of unc. To preserve order and stability
Reason for support of navy


Do you agree or disagree with them today, why or why not?

Civilized don't have any right to intervene unless it is their own business


How did TR create the opportunity to build the Panama Canal?

Financed revolt in Panama, R landed troops in Panama 'to maintain order'. their presence prevented Colombian forces from suppressing rebellion, three days later R recognized Panama as independent nation, Panamanian government agreed to building canal


Why was the construction of it so challenging?

Never built anything like it, had to blast through tons of mountains stone, yellow fever and malaria


How was Taft's foreign policy different from TR's?

TR: thought could intervene in any nation in Western Hemisphere if it would help them

Taft: Dollar Diplomacy, influence in foreign countries through investment and trade, liked to show US military to protect business interest


How and why was U.S. foreign policy in Latin America under all three Presidents more about imperialism than about progressivism? Why?

Maintain power of those territories so Europeans would not seize them, more important for American business



Britain, France, Russia


Central Powers

Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy (although they later joined Allies)



British ship carrying war goods, Germany posted many warnings, nevertheless British on board, torpedoed ship


Zimmermann telegram

Asked Mexico for help if war between US and Germany started, but intercepted by Britain


trench warfare

Result of enormous destructive power of newly improved machine guns and high powered artillery, trenches sheltered troops while allowing limited fighting, tanks and flamethrowers overtook trenches, new chemical weapons


How and where did WWI begin?

Murder of Serbian king and queen
Murder of Archduke Ferdinand
In Balkan tension against Austria Hungary
1870 war Preußen-France
France and England did not want Germany to become imperialistic power


Why did the U.S. remain neutral at the start of the war?

Domestic policies: debate over military and economic preparations


What evidence was there that the U.S. wasn't really neutral?

Still traded with Britain after naval blockade, many As favored Britain


What key events early in 1917 led the U.S. to declare war?

Lusitania, submarine warfare, bolshevik revolution, so didn't have to be allies with Russian monarchy


What were the new technologies used in the war, and to what effects?

Tanks, flamethrowers, submarine, planes, fast machine guns, chemical weapons, mustard gas

Brutal, required elaborate maintenance, had to wait for more supplies, made fighting limited and usually inconclusive


What was "life in the trenches" like?

Had to wear gas masks against chemicals


Liberty Bonds

Used to raise money for war, sold bonds to public, gave US 23 billion


War Industries Board

Created to coordinate government purchases of military supplies, casually organized at first until under control of Bernard Baruch from Wall Street, he decided which factories would convert to production of which war materials, and set price for goods they produced


14 Points

Principles for which he claimed nation was fighting, grouped war aims in 14 points in three broad categories
First eight: recommendations for setting new boundaries and creating new nations
Five after: governed international conduct in future: freedom of seas, open covenants instead of secret treaties, reductions in armaments, free trade impartial mediation of colonial claims
Last: proposal for League of Nations


League of Nations

Would help implement 14 points and territorial adjustments and resolve future controversies


Versailles Treaty

Presented by Wilson


What were Pres. Wilson's 3 main objectives within his 14 Points?

1. League of Nations
2. Free trade across open seas
3. Self determination of people


Who at Versailles was opposed to many of his goals and why?



Who back in the U.S. was opposed (to Versailles treaty) and why?

Senate, some (irreconcilables) said A should remain free of binding foreign entanglements, many others (Senator Lodge among them) were concerned with constructing winning issue for Republicans


How did Wilson contribute to his own "downfall" ?

He held many public speeches, not enough rest, a lot of traveling, collapsed in the end, after that major stroke


Why can it be said that the Versailles Treaty produced a failed peace?

Left German economy in much debt, were embarassed


Great Migration

Blacks were determined to fight for their rights. almost half a million blacks migrated from rural South to industrial cities in search of factory jobs war was generating


Red Scare

Nearly thirty states enacted peacetime sedition laws imposing harsh penalties on promoters of revolution,
some spontaneous acts of violence against radicals, universities and other institutions tried to expel radicals from their midst.
greatest contribution to Red Scare came from government: Attorney General Palmer and his assistant launched raids on radical centers throughout country and arrested many people



Two Italian immigrants Sacco and Vanzetti were charged with murder of paymaster in South Braintree, MA, case against them was weak and suffused with prejudices and fears, but bc both were anarchists faced widespread presumption of guilt, were convicted and sentenced to death, some support them, claiming them guiltless, however, they died


What produced the Red Scare?

Bombings aimed at business man and politicians, later bombings in eight cities in US; result of communist government and creation of Comintern which purpose it was to export revolution around world


Why can it (Red Scare) be viewed as a realistic response?

That is what happened in Russia


Why can it (Red Scare) be seen as an overreaction with tragic consequences?

US was not a monarchy


What produced the race riots after WWI?

Blacks did not see the effects they wanted, Great migration, protested, whites did not agree and lynching started, brutal riots


Why did progressivism come to an end shortly after the war?

New Republican president elected with different ideals, no effort for progressivism

Also: economic problems, racial tensions, labor unrest, anti radicalism


Secret ballot

eliminate boss politics, vote in private and against political machine, Australia had it first