Acts and Amendments
acts and amendments made during the progressive era
Civil Service Act
Classified 15,000 jobs as vicil service positions--- must take and pass a test to qualify. Attempt to eliminate patronage.
Interstate Commerce Act
Outlawed pooling and rebates in the railroad industry.
Sherman Antitrust Act
Law that stated the elimination of competition by trusts and monopolies is illegal.
Clayton Antitrust Act
Corrected the problems of the Sherman Antitrust Act; outlawed certain practices that restricted competition; unions on strike could no longer be caught violating the Antitrust Act
Created a federal income tax
People, not state legislatures, elect their senator
Prohibition; illegal to sell, produce, or transport alcoholic beverages
Federal Trade Commission
Established to preserve competition by preventing unfair business practices and investigates complaints against companies
Federal Reserve Act
To regulate banking
To gain equal rights
Woman's Christian Temperance Union
To educate people about the evils of alcohol
Theodore Roosevelt's idea for all groups equal opportunity to succeed.
Meat Inspection Act
Enforced the health and sanitary standards of the meat packing industry; direct result of The Jungle
President Woodrow Wilson's plan for reform; wanted to break up giant trusts and monopolies to increase competition
Idea of Governor LaFollette of Wisconsin; reform plan that became a national model; included a primary election and a railroad rate commission
Pure Food and Drug Act
Law that banned additives that are harmful, misleading, advertising and required food and drug makers to list all ingredients