Reform began at thelocal and state levels
Municipal ReformState political reform
THEN SPREAD TO THE NATIONAL LEVEL
STREETSWEREUNPAVEDAND FILLEDWITH TRASH.SCHOOLSWERE INBAD REPAIR
POLICE ANDCIVIL SERVANTSWERECORRUPT ANDTOOK BRIBESAND PAYOFFS
CITY SERVICESSUCH AS WATER,ANDGAS WERE SOLDTO THEPOLITICIAN’SFRIENDS whoCHARGED HIGHPRICES
MAYORSAND CITYCOUNCILSWERE FORSALE
WHY WERE CITIES SO CORRUPT?
CITIES GREW SO FAST, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS COULD NOT HANDLE IT
IMMIGRANTS FROM SOUTHERN AND EASTERN EUROPE HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY AND WERE EASY PREY FOR BOSSES
BUSINESSMEN WERE CLOSELY LINKED WITH BOSSES MAKING CORRUPTION HARD TO FIGHT
MUNICIPAL REFORM BEGINS
THE NATIONAL MUNICIPAL LEAGUE WAS FORMED IN 1894 ( TODAY IT IS KNOWN AS THE NATIONAL CIVIC LEAGUE ). ITS STATED GOAL WAS TO CHANGE THE FAILING AND CORRUPT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS USING DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOOLS. BY 1900, THERE WERE REFORM CLUBS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES CALLING FOR CHANGES IN LOCAL GOVERNING BODIES. IT BECAME AN IMPORTANT NETWORKING VEHICLE FOR PROGRESSIVES AROUND THE NATION.1.End private ownership of crooked gas and water monopolies.2. Commission form of government - experts appointed to head commission's.3. Council / Manager form of government - elected council that sets laws. Appointed manager to run city departments.
Charles Bonaparte, a founder of the League
STRONG PROGRESSIVE MAYORS
Samuel M. “Golden Rule” Jones: He was a progressive businessman who was mayor of Toledo Ohio from 1897 until his death in 1904. He built playgrounds, a golf course, provided free kindergarten and night school for adults and set up a shelter for the homeless.
Seth Lowwas mayor of Brooklyn and later mayor of New York City. He spent his career fighting for honest and efficient municipal government.
LINCOLN STEFFENS 1902 ARTICLES ON CITY CORRUPTION,THE SHAME OF THE CITIES,IN McCLURE’S MAGAZINE LED TO THE FORMATION OF “GOOD-GOVERNMENT” GROUPS IN MANY CITIES.
THESE GROUPS ATTACKED CORRUPTION AND DEMANDED REFORM IN CITY GOVERNMENT.THE MAJOR PROBLEM WAS CORRUPT, DISHONEST BUSINESSES THAT HAD CONTROL OF CITY SERVICES SUCH AS GAS, WATER, SEWAGE, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND ELECTRICITY.
“GAS AND WATER SOCIALISM”
TO COUNTER PRIVATE BUSINESSES HOLDING CITY SERVICES HOSTAGE, SOME CITIES INITIATED MUNICIPAL (CITY) OWNERSHIP OF UTILITIES. PUBLIC OWNERSHIP LED TO IMPROVED CITY SERVICES AS WELL AS LOWER RATES.
LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER GENERATING PLANT. AN EXAMPLE OF GAS AND WATER SOCIALISM TODAY.
NATURAL DISASTERS LEADS TO NEW TYPES OF CITY GOVERNMENTSCITY COMMISSION: GALVESTONCITY MANAGER: DAYTON
GALVESTON TEXAS: REFORM COMES FROM DISASTER
In September 1900, a hurricane slammed into Galveston almost head on. Waves were higher than 15 feet and winds howled at 130 miles per hour. By the time the storm passed, more than 8,000 people were dead, countless were injured and half of the island's homes had been swept away.
COMMISSION FORM OF CITY GOVERNMENT: AN ATTEMPT TO END MUNICIPAL CORRUPTIONThe invention of the commission plan was a direct result of the Galveston hurricane of 1900. An estimated 6,000 lives were lost, and millions of dollars worth of property was swept away. Fearful the island city might never recover its prosperity under the leadership of the incumbent city council, a group of wealthy businessmen known as the Deep Water Committee, devised a plan to have the governor appoint a commission to govern the city during the rebuilding period. The commission form of city government, also known as the Galveston Plan, was devised in Galveston in 1901, and became one of the three basic forms of municipal government in the United States. (The others are mayor-council and council-manager.) Under the commission plan, voters elect a small governing commission, typically five or seven members, on an at-large basis. As a group the commissioners constitute the legislative body of the city responsible for taxation, appropriations, ordinances, and other general functions. Individually, each commissioner is in charge of a specific aspect of municipal affairs, e.g., public works, finance, or public safety. One of the commissioners is designated chairman or mayor, but his function is principally one of presiding at meetings and serving in ceremonial capacities. Thus the commission plan blends legislative and executive functions in the same body.
CITY MANAGER FORM OF CITY GOVERNMENT GAINED POPULARITY AFTER FLOODS IN DAYTON OHIO IN 1913. COLLEGE EDUCATED HIGHLY PAID PROFESSIONALS ARE HIRED TO RUN CITIES THIS LOWERS THE RISK OF CORRUPTION.
MAJOR REFORMS AT THE STATE LEVEL
SECRET BALLOT: NO ONE CAN KNOW HOW A CITIZEN VOTEDINITIATIVE: THIS ALLOWED THE VOTING PUBLIC TO PETITION STATE GOVERNMENTS TO CONSIDER BILLS WANTED BY THE PEOPLEREFERENDUM: GAVE THE VOTERS THE RIGHT TO DECIDE IF A PROPOSED STATE LAW SHOULD BE PASSEDRECALL: VOTERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMOVE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES FROM OFFICEDIRECT PRIMARY: CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE ARE CHOSEN BY THE VOTERS INSTEAD OF POLITICIANS OR BOSSES
PROGRESSIVISM ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL: THE PROGRESSIVE PRESIDENTS
WILLIAMHOWARD TAFTREPUBLICANTwenty-Seventh President1909-1913
WOODROW WILSONDEMOCRATTwenty-Eighth President1913-1921
THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919) TWENTY-SIXTH PRESIDENT1901-1909: REPUBLICAN
"I declined to adopt the view that what was imperatively necessary for the Nation could not be done by the President unless he could find some specific authorization to do it. My belief was that it was not only [a President's] right but his duty to do anything that the needs of the Nation demanded unless such action was forbidden by the Constitution or by the laws. . . . I did not usurp power, but I did greatly broaden the use of executive power. In other words, I acted for the public welfare, I acted for the common well-being of all our people, whenever and in whatever manner was necessary, unless prevented by direct constitutional or legislative prohibition."
TR’S PROGRESSIVE AGENDA THE“SQUARE DEAL”
"Let the watchwords of all our people be the old familiar watchwords of honesty, decency, fair-dealing, and commonsense.... We must treat each man on his worth and merits as a man.We must see that each is given a square deal, because he is entitled to no more and should receive no less. The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us."--New York State Fair, Syracuse September 7, 1903
"When I say I believe in a square deal I do not mean . . . to give every man the best hand. If the cards do not come to any man, or if they do come, and he has not got the power to play them, that is his affair. All I mean is that there shall be no crookedness in the dealing."
SQUARE DEAL LEGISLATIONNEWLANDS RECLAMATION ACT1902MEDIATION OF COAL STRIKE 1902ELKINS ACT 1903HEPBURN ACT 1908PURE FOOD AND DRUG ACT 1906 (AMENDED 1911)MEAT INSPECTION ACT 1906
COAL STRIKE 1902ON JUNE 2ND1902, 150,000 PENNSYLVANIA COAL MINERS WENT ON STRIKE DEMANDING HIGHER PAY, SHORTER WORK HOURS AND RECOGNITION OF THEIR UNION.THE STRIKE DRAGGED ON THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AND FALL.AMERICANS BEGAN TO PANIC, FEARING THERE WOULD BE INSUFFICIENT COAL (THEN USED FOR HEATING HOMES AND BUSINESSES) FOR THE WINTER.NO PRESIDENT HAD EVER ATTEMPTED TO SETTLE A STRIKE BUT TR BROKE THIS PRECEDENT BY CALLING BOTH SIDES TO ARBITRATION AT THE WHITE HOUSE IN OCTOBER.THE STRIKING COAL MINERS RETURNED TO WORK, WAITING FOR THE RESULTS OF THE ARBITRATION.IN THE SETTLEMENT BOTH SIDES AGREED TO LESS THAN WHAT THEY WANTED.
TR AND MINE WORKERS, 1902
PURE FOOD AND DRUG ACT 1906
AN ACT“for preventing the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated or misbranded or poisonous or deleterious foods, drugs, medicines, and liquors, and for regulating traffic therein, and for other purposes.”
The Muckrakers successfully heightened public awareness of safety issues stemming from careless food preparation procedures and the increasing incidence of drug addiction from patent medicines. Scientific support came from Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, the Department of Agriculture's chief chemist, who published his findings on the widespread use of harmful preservatives in the meat-packing industry. The experience of American soldiers with so-called “embalmed beef” during the Spanish-American War added impetus to the movement.Public pressure forced a reluctant Congress to consider a Pure Food and Drug bill in 1906. Provisions of the measure included the following:Creation of the Food and Drug Administration, which was entrusted with the responsibility of testing all foods and drugs destined for human consumption.The requirement for prescriptions from licensed physicians before a patient could purchase certain drugs.The requirement of label warnings on habit-forming drugs.
MEAT INSPECTION ACT 1906
MEAT INSPECTION ACT 1906
“Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906 Enacted June 30, 1906, as chapter 3913, 34 Stat. 674, and substantially amended by the Wholesome Meat Act 1967 (P.L. 90-201), requires USDA to inspect all cattle, sheep, swine, goats, and horses when slaughtered and processed into products for human consumption. The primary goals of the law are to prevent adulterated or misbranded livestock and products from being sold as food, and to ensure that meat and meat products are slaughtered and processed under sanitary conditions.These requirements apply to animals and their products produced and sold within states as well as to imports, which must be inspected under equivalent foreign standards. The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for all meats considered ‘exotic’ at this time, including venison and buffalo.”
Show Mrs. Kelly your filled in worksheet, then you can go and get a drink of water.
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AND CONSERVATION
TR AND JOHN MUIR,FOUNDER OF THESIERRA CLUB
TR, AS AN OUTDOORSMAN HIMSELF, SAW HOW PEOPLE COULD DESTROY THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. HE MADE IT A PRIORITY OF HIS PRESIDENCY TO ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF PRESERVING THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF THE NATION FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
WHY WAS A CONSERVATION MOVEMENT NEEDED?
Over-lumbering had drastically reduced forests throughout the country. It was estimated thatonly about 20 percent of the original woodlands remained in 1900.Much of the nation’sfarmland had been exhaustedby overuse and was losing it productivity.Extractive industries such as oil, gas, and minerals were uncontrolled and weredamaging the environment at a rapid pace with no thought of the consequences.Water rights were increasingly coming under the control of private parties, who often operated without concern for flood control or the preservation of natural features.
TR USED CONFERENCES AND COMMISSIONS TO IMPLEMENT CONSERVATION REFORMSThe Public Lands Commissionwas appointed by TR on October 22, 1903, to study public land policy and laws. The findings of the commission helped lead to new government regulations of the use of open range and federal lands.The Inland Waterways Commissionwas appointed by TR on March 14, 1907, to study the river systems of the United States, the development of water power, flood control, and land reclamation.The Conference of Governors, called by Roosevelt to consider the problems of conservation, met at the White House May 13-15, 1908, attended by the governors of the states and territories, the members of the Supreme Court and the Cabinet, scientists, and various national leaders. The governors adopted a declaration supporting conservation, and the conference led to the appointment of 38 state conservation commissions.The National Conservation Commission, appointed by TR on June 8, 1908, as a result of the Conference of Governors, prepared the first inventory of the natural resources of the United States. The commission was divided into four sections, water, forests, lands, and minerals, each section having a chairman, and with Gifford Pinchot as chairman of theexecutive committee.
"Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess, it becomes foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so."ROOSEVELT’SSeventh Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1907
"Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants that it is for us, and training them into a better race to inhabit the land and pass it on. Conservation is a great moral issue, for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation."
OTHER TR CONSERVATION ACCOMPLISHMENTS
150 National Forests51 Federal Bird Reservations4 National Game Preserves5 National Parks18 National Monuments24 Reclamation Projects
THANK YOU PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT!
TR THE “TRUSTBUSTER”
TR VS WALL STREET
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN EXTENDING THE POWER OF THE PRESIDENCY. HE COULD BE CALLED THE FIRST MODERN PRESIDENT. A MAJOR THRUST OF HIS PRESIDENCY WAS CONFRONTING THE TRUSTS (LARGE BUSINESS COMBINATIONS) THAT HAD COME TO DOMINATE THE AMERICAN BUSINESS WORLD.
THE SHERMAN ANTI-TRUST ACT HAD BEEN PASSED IN 1890 IN AN ATTEMPT TO CONTROL THE MOUNTING POWER OF TRUSTS. IN A BIZARRE TWIST IT HAD NEVER BEEN USED TO PROSECUTE A TRUST- ONLY LABOR UNIONS. TR SOUGHT TO IMPLEMENT THE LAW AS IT HAD BEEN INTENDED.
WHAT DID TR DO TO BREAK UP THE TRUSTS?
TR DID NOT EQUATE “BIGNESS” WITH “BADNESS”. HE BELIEVED THERE WERE “BAD TRUSTS” WHICH NEEDED TO BE BROKEN UP. HOWEVER, THERE WERE “GOOD TRUSTS” WHICH ACTUALLY BENEFITED THE CONSUMER AND SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE.
TR GOES AFTER A “BAD TRUST”: THE NORTHERN SECURITIES COMPANY
IN 1902 ATTORNEY GENERAL PHILANDER KNOX FILED AN ACTION UNDER THESHERMAN ACTTO DISSOLVE THE NORTHERN SECURITIES COMPANY AND PREVENT IT FROM CONSOLIDATING ALL THE RAILROADS IN THE NORTHWEST. IN 1904 THE SUPREME ORDERED THE DISSOLUTION. THE LENGTH OF TIME IT TOOK THE CASE TO WORK THROUGH THE COURTS LED TO THE PASSAGE OF THEEXPEDITION ACTOF 1903 WHICH SPEEDED UP TRUST CASES.
THE NORTHERN SECURITIES CASE PITTED THE GOVERNMENT AGAINST SOME OF THE RICHEST AND POWERFUL MEN IN AMERICA.
TR GOES AFTER THE MEAT TRUST
Known for…Conservation, National ParksTrust busting. Going up against big businesses that were getting rich at the publics expense.Pure Food and Drug Act. Made if safe for the public to eat.
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT (1857-1930) TWENTY-SEVENTH PRESIDENT1909-1913: REPUBLICAN
"Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race."
"The President cannot make clouds to rain and cannot make the corn to grow, he cannot make business good; although when these things occur, political parties do claim some credit for the good things that have happened in this way."
PRESIDENT TAFT TAKES UP THE PROGRESSIVE CAUSE
TAFT HAD PROBLEMS WITH BOTH THE CONSERVATIVE AND PROGRESSIVE WINGS OF HIS REPUBLICAN PARTY. THIS EVENTUALLY LED TO A SPLIT BETWEEN HE AND THEODORE ROOSEVELT CULMINATING IN THE 1912 ELECTION WHERE THEY RAN AGAINST EACH OTHER, SPLITTING THE REPUBLICAN VOTE, ASSURING A DEMOCRATIC VICTORY. A MAJOR REASON FOR THE SPLIT WAS TAFT’S FIRING OF PINCHOT. THIS WAS SEEN AS AN ATTACK ON THE CONSERVATION AND VIOLATION OF ROOSEVELT’S CORE BELIEFS.TAFT DID PROMOTE SEVERAL PROGRESSIVE AGENDAS INCLUDING INITIATING MORE ANTI-TRUST CASE THAN ROOSEVELT.
WOODROW WILSON THE PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT IS ELECTED
T. Roosevelt ran as a Progressive, not a Republican. He split the party in half, so the Democrats won.
WOODROW WILSON (1856-1924):TWENTY-EIGHTH PRESIDENT 1913-1921: DEMOCRAT
"Government should not be made an end in itself; it is a means only,—a means to be freely adapted to advance the best interests of the social organism. The State exists for the sake of Society, not Society for the sake of the State."
WILSON THE PROGRESSIVE
"Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America, my fellow citizens—I do not say it in disparagement of any other great people—America is the only idealistic nation in the world."
WILSON’S“NEW FREEDOM” PLATFORMTARIFF REDUCTIONREFORM OF THE BANKING SYSTEMNEW LAWS TO CONTROL ABUSIVE CORPORATIONS. ANTI-TRUST LEGISLATION.RESTORE COMPETITION TO INCREASE OPPORTUNITYSUPPORT THE RIGHTS OF UNION AND THE WORKING MAN. WILSON WANTS FACTORY WORKERS TO BE SAFE!!!
TARIFF REDUCTION: A TARIFF IS A TAX A GOVERNMENT PLACES ON IMPORTED GOODS. ITS PURPOSE IS TO RAISE REVENUE FOR THE GOVERNMENT OR TO DISCOURAGE CITIZENS FROM BUYING FOREIGN GOODS. IT CAN ALSO BE USED TO PROTECT DOMESTIC MANUFACTURES FROM FOREIGN COMPETITION. TARIFFS HAVE THE EFFECT OF RAISING PRICES ON CONSUMERS.
REFORM OF THE BANKING SYSTEMFEDERAL RESERVE ACT“An Act to provide for the establishment of Federal reserve banks, to furnish an elastic currency, to afford means of rediscounting commercial paper, to establish a more effective supervision of banking in the United States, and for other purposes.”The Federal Reserve Act provided for the establishment of up to 12 Federal Reserve Banks (district banks) to coordinate policy with a seven-member Federal Reserve Board in WashingtonThe Federal Reserve was set up to prevent or moderate the cycles of boom and bust that had devastating impact on the American economy
Along with President Wilson, Carter Glass, representative from Virginia, was instrumental in constructing the Federal Reserve Act
NEW LAWS TO CONTROL ABUSIVE CORPORATIONSCLAYTON ANTI-TRUST ACT
Henry Clayton Representative from Alabama was the driving force behind the Clayton Anti-trust Act
Passed in 1914 to clarify the existing antitrust law (Sherman Act)A number of business practices were prohibited including:Predatory price cuttingPrice fixingOwnership of stock in competing companiesInterlocking directorates (the practice of having the same individuals serve as directors of competing companies)Placed limitations on the use of injunctions against unions and stipulated that labor organizations were not illegal combinations acting to restrain trade; boycotts, strikes and picketing were all recognized as legal activities
Federal Trade Commission ActA new agency, the Federal Trade Commission, was created in the fall of 1914. It was to be composed of five members, all of whom were to be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. The commissioners were to be selected on a non-partisan basis and serve seven-year terms.The agency was empowered to investigate corporate practices and, if necessary, issuecease and desist ordersto halt illegal activities.The commission replaced the earlier and less powerful Bureau of Corporations.
Keating Owen Child Labor Act 1916This act limited the working hours of children and forbade the interstate sale of goods produced by child labor. Unfortunately the Supreme Court declared this and subsequent laws unconstitutional.