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Progressives Vocabulary

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Progressive
favoring reform
Political Machine
Powerful organization linked to political parties who controlled local governments in many cities
Patronage
the appointments or privileges that a politician can give to loyal supporters; the spoils system
Civil Service
body of non-elected government workers
Trust
combination of corporations with the purpose of reducing competition and controlling prices
Muckraker
journalists who wrote stories that brought public attention to problems and exposed corruption and injustices
Primary
An election in which members of a party choose candidates for a governmental position; first time state voters chose their party's candidates
Initiative
allowed citizens to place a measure of issue on the ballot in a state election
Referendum
gave voters the oppritunity to accept or reject measures that the state legislature enacted
Recall
enabled voters to remove unsatisfactory elected officials from their jobs
kickback
an arrangement in which contractors padded the amount of their bill for city work and paid, or "kicked back" a percentage of that amount to the political bosses
Political Boss
representative for or the head of a political machine; gained votes for their parties by doing favors for people
Pendleton Act
established the Civil Service Commission
Civil Sercice Commission
set up competitive examinations for federal jobs