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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