Progressive Era vocabulary

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CIVIL SERVICE

all federal jobs except elected positions and the armed forces

PRIMARY

election in which voters elect their party's candidate for the general election

RECALL

process by which voters can remove an elected official from office

MUCKRAKER

journalist who exposed corruption and other problems of the late 1800's and early 1900's

SUFFRAGISTS

person who campaigned for women to get the right to vote

PROHIBITION

ban on manufacturing, sale and transportation of liquor anywhere in the U.S. between 1920 and 1933

PATRONAGE

practice of giving jobs to loyal supporters

INITIATIVE

process by which voters can put a bill directly through to the state legislature by collecting signatures on a petition

REFERENDUM

process by which PEOPLE vote directly on a bill

GRADUATED INCOME TAX

tax on earnings that charges different rates for different income levels

TRUSTBUSTER

person who wanted to end trusts

CONSERVATION

protection of natural resources

ANTI-SEMITISM

prejudice against Jews

PROGRESSIVE

reformer who wanted to bring about change in American life in the late 1800's and early 1900's

REFORMER

someone who wanted to make changes in society

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