Thesis: democracy and fight corruption in city government and

Thesis: In the view of the progressives lot of thing was wrong with American society such as the unregulated capitalism and corruption in city government, monopolies, and woman suffrage. The progressives were from the late 1800s that wished to increase American democracy and fight corruption in city government and business as well as bring rights to women. They believed that they could cure the problems with more democracy. Corruption in the late 1800s was at all levels of the government, most solutions would be from reforms, exposing, or prosecutions. Muckrakers were reporters that exposed the widespread corruption in society and businesses that manipulate the government, and child labor. A known muckraker was Lincoln Steffens “The Shame of the Cities” he unmasked the alliance between the government and the companies (640). Another, Ida Tarbell exposed the Standard Oil Company in “Mother of Trusts” exposing how their oil could harm the public.  Problems in society where the political machines in local government that were corrupted by taking bribes to give out city contracts, or by taking bribes to pass laws favorable to a business. The recall would then remove the people from the vote to have the official removed from office. Citizens at first did not have control over what senator was appointed until the Progressives processed for the seventeenth amendment approved in 1913 established a direct election from the people to the U.S. senators. Monopolies were getting bigger and TR found a way to have effective legislation to break up the monopoly and lower the prices for consumers. A state law as passed the Sherman antitrust act of 1887 to refinancing the law and break up the trust as they believed were harmful to the public. Roosevelt breaks up at least 40 major trusts hens his name “Teddy the Trust Buster”. Women Suffrage was after addressing the nineteenth century “separate spheres” they establish that a woman’s place in in the home they work alongside the extension and often discusses the need for better working conditions for the children. Women were involved in the Temperance movement with anti-liquor campaigners with the formation of organizations of Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Roosevelt felt that the people interest was being forgotten so he passed the Square Deal for capital-labor but it was acid in 1902 when a strike broke out with Pennsylvania coal miners. The strike was in by the United Mine Workers of America they demanded higher wages at least 10% and instead of ten days only nine days of work. When the mine owners refused and believed the public would be on their side they were mistaken. The President threatened to seize the means and displace the federal troops they finally compiled (648). The Elkins Act of 1903 put fines on railroads and shippers that were making corporation illegal. People were getting sick and after the book from Upton Sinclair’s, The Jungle talking about the unsanitary and revolting packing in the food productions for meat. Roosevelt passed the Meat Inspection Act of 1906 that regulated the government to protect the safety of the consumers with meat inspection and food and drug act against food alteration.