However, the act had little effect because the wording was so vague. Consequently, progressives worked for a stronger law to prevent business abuses. Their answer came in 1914 when Woodrow Wilson and Congress set up the Federal Trade Commission whose goal was to stop illegal business practices. President Woodrow Wilson provided the US with most of its Progressive Era
During the Progressive Era, a period of reform in the early twentieth century sparked by rapid industrialization, immigration, and urbanization, three presidents raced to improve our country in three different areas. These men being Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, and Woodrow Wilson, three progressive presidents who tackled attacking big businesses, the abuse of the working class, and environmental destruction. Although all three of the progressive presidents made many efforts of reform during this time period, Theodore Roosevelt was the most overall progressive president, for he gained control of corporations, fought for consumer protection, and conserved many natural resources using his “Square Deal” policy. During this time period, many businesses were engaged in corruption and used unfair practices in order to get to the top, as he knew most companies were far from genuine Roosevelt was entirely against this. Though he knew big business was a natural part of a maturing economy, he believed the government had the right to regulate it, as to protect the overall well-being of society.
The damages that are inflicted on their workers can be critical, life-changing or even lethal. The book provided more distressing news of terrible practices in this industry taught to the workers so that more meat can be distributed for profit. “He wrote that workers would process dead, injured, and diseased animals after regular hours when no meat inspectors were around” (Constitutional Rights Foundation). The industry provides more meat for their customers purely for profit. This causes the industry to be influenced to sell its meat, no matter the condition it is in.
America in the early 1900’s was an explosion of industrialism, with poverty on its heels. From a distance, America appeared as a magnificent wonderland filled with amazing opportunities. However, as many immigrants soon discovered, America was not the magical kingdom it was made out to be. With levels of poverty and disease rising, and unsafe workplaces widespread, America was built on pillars of corruption and muck. Upton Sinclair shared these beliefs, and in 1906 he decided to help open the eyes of the American public to the horrors behind closed factory doors by publishing his book, The Jungle.
US military used and damaged native American lands for their own gains. Treadmill of destruction are the outcomes that we have to face because of the treadmill production. We have to go through social and environmental consequences. For instance, the housing market exposes minority groups to toxic dangers. The consequences of bad exposure is affecting the lower class.
The Progressive Era was a time of change for many with many questions asked about the change. Although there was no true answers to the questions there was a ton of opinions and options on how to fix Economic, Political and Cultural change. The progressives were often known as a group of reformers that worked to improve the social and political problems of the 1800-1900’s. Throughout the readings from George Mowry, Joseph Huthmacher and James J Connolly the idea of who the progressives are and what groups they belong to are expresseddifferently. The progressives had sought different reformed societies and political systems.
Although both Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson both were progressives, they used their powers in the federal government pretty differently from each other. Roosevelt often used the “bully pulpit” as a way to acquire his ambitions and goals as president. He was commonly known for using, and possibly overusing, his power as the president to get many laws and acts passed. Oppositely, Wilson made sure to get the approval of Congress before acting out of hand. However, both made sure that the old “invisible hand” economy was abolished by the necessary intervention of the federal government in the US economy.
They introduced a variety of new democratic techniques into our political mechanics, in an attempt to break the grip of the corrupt bosses who manipulated irresponsible immigrant voters and unscrupulous businessmen in ways that subverted good government. Huthmacher states, “The great source of urban working-class liberalism was experience”(Huthmacher11) The middle-class reformers relied on muckrakers, Social Gospelers, and social scientists to delineate the ills of society, the urban working class knew at first hand the conditions of life on the other side. The middle class made further advancement from what was already comfortable. Their hopes for environmental improvement was limited within the bounds of reasonable expectation. Huthmacher states, “Their outlook tended to be more practical and "possibilistic" than that of some middle-class Progressives who allowed their reform aspirations to soar to Utopian heights, envisaging a "Kingdom of God on Earth" or a perfect society to be achieved by means of sociological test tubes”(Huthmacher12).
Because the companies names were dragged through the dirt on this food fraud investigation, they have lost consumer interest of buying them sort of products off them again as consumer will now opt for supermarkets who weren’t involved. Another role for places like Silver crest is to be wary of where they get the meat from and go into dept. about what’s in the meat ingredients and proof of traceability. They must improve their monitoring and intake of raw materials. Implications that may be involved is that you pay for quality.
Between the 1890’s and 1920’s, the Progressive Era was described as a time of social engagement and political reform across the United States. The objective of this dreadful time period was mainly to eradicate problems caused by industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and of course, corruption in government. In this book, The Progressive Era, Rothbard mainly challenges the ideology going on during this time, including racism, which led to the cutting off of immigration, and many more. It is certainly clear that Rothbard was trying to convey and emphasize the problems and the effects it was having on these people during the hardship of what came to be known as the Progressive Era. The Progressive Era is a book that exploits the real events as well as the destructive social conflicts going on at this time.