The Progressive Era....?
What was the corruption in politics during this era?
- Ted KLv 67 years agoFavorite Answer
the Progressive Era was a period of social activism and political reform in the United States that flourished from the 1890s to the 1920s. One main goal of the Progressive movement was purification of government, as Progressives tried to eliminate corruption by exposing and undercutting political machines and bosses. Many (but not all) Progressives supported prohibition in order to destroy the political power of local bosses based in saloons.At the same time, women's suffrage was promoted to bring a "purer" female vote into the arena. A second theme was building an Efficiency movement in every sector that could identify old ways that needed modernizing, and bring to bear scientific, medical and engineering solutions.
Many activists joined efforts to reform local government, public education, medicine, finance, insurance, industry, railroads, churches, and many other areas. Progressives transformed, professionalized and made "scientific" the social sciences, especially history,economics, and political science.In academic fields the day of the amateur author gave way to the research professor who published in the new scholarly journals and presses. The national political leaders included Theodore Roosevelt, Robert M. La Follette, Sr., and Charles Evans Hughes on the Republican side, and William Jennings Bryan, Woodrow Wilson and Al Smith on the Democratic side.
Initially the movement operated chiefly at local levels; later it expanded to state and national levels. Progressives drew support from the middle class, and supporters included many lawyers, teachers, physicians, ministers and business people The Progressives strongly supported scientific methods as applied to economics, government, industry, finance, medicine, schooling, theology, education, and even the family. They closely followed advances underway at the time in Western Europeand adopted numerous policies, such as a major transformation of the banking system by creating the Federal Reserve System in 1913] Reformers felt that old-fashioned ways meant waste and inefficiency, and eagerly sought out the "one best system".
Muckrakers were journalists who exposed waste, corruption, and scandal in the highly influential new medium of national magazines, such as McClure's Magazine and TIME magazine. Ray Stannard Baker, George Creel and Brand Whitlock were active at the state and local level, while Lincoln Steffens exposed political corruption in many large cities; Ida Tarbell went after Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company. Samuel Hopkins Adams in 1905 showed the fraud involved in many patent medicines, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle (1906) was a novel that gave a horrid portrayal of how meat was packed, and David Graham Phillips unleashed a blistering indictment of the U.S. Senate in 1906. Roosevelt gave these journalists their nickname when he complained they were not being helpful by raking up all the muck
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- tuffyLv 77 years ago
Corruption existed at the local, state, and federal legislatures. Most of the local corruption had to do with awarding contracts for building of urban infrastructure projects such as roads, housing, and utilities. Bribes were paid to inspectors to sign off on projects that were done with poor materials and poor workmanship.
State legislatures were corrupt by the sale of land to companies that proposed projects that were never built, such as roads and bridges.
On the federal level sale of land to railroads that were built, but never used. Some were actually railroads to nowhere. Food safety and the conditions in slaughter and packing houses were horrendous. Monopolies were formed to keep competition out of steel and oil industries which forced the public to pay higher prices for their products. All of this happened because Congress did little regulating of businesses or failed to appoint investigating commissions when they were obviously needed.
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