How Did Progressives Improved American Life

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Progressivism Essay Progressives were Americans who wanted to reform the country. They belonged to the middle class, they believed in science, industry, and capitalism. But they wanted to benefit all Americans, not just the wealthy. Between 1900 and 1920 Progressives used the power of the government to correct the problems of the industrial age. Some ways that Progressives improved American life were by Roosevelt’s “trustbusting”, Wilsonian Reform, and Amendments 16 through 19. One way that Progressives improved American life was by Theodore Roosevelt’s “trustbusting”. Trustbusting was a way to break up monopolies or big businesses that Roosevelt believed took advantage of people. One example of how a trust was unfair was by lowering prices to drive competitors out of the market then taking advantage of lack of competition to rise prices higher. Roosevelt decided to take action when he sued the Northern Securities Company and in 1904 the Supreme Court dissolved it. Roosevelt broke some more monopolies after that as well. Progressives also improved American life through Wilsonian Reform. Woodrow Wilson was a president who believed in progressive reform and passed many reform laws. A couple of his important reform laws were the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914, which would prohibit…show more content…
All three of these actions were progressive and could benefit all people, not just the wealthy. These actions are still active today as people will still try to fight big monopolies, big unfair businesses still have laws to follow, higher paying jobs mean you have to pay more tax money, the Senate is not corrupt, alcoholic beverages are not sold to anyone under 21 years of age and all women have equal rights. If none of these actions were established during the Progressivism period, then America would not be how it is
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