Government corruption and the Progressive era
This political cartoon reveals that during the industrialization of America monopolies gained power in the government to benefit their companies. Corporations and political machines corrupted the government until President Roosevelt led reforms to clean the government.
Ignore the ad...the video is explain by john green which explain corruption during the progressive era. the video is called glidded because the massive inequality in the united states.Gilded Age politics were marked by a number of phenomenons, most of them having to do with corruption. On the local and state level, political machines wielded enormous power. John gets into details about the most famous political machine, Tammany Hall. Tammany Hall ran New York City for a long, long time, notably under Boss Tweed. Graft, kickbacks, and voter fraud were rampant, but not just at the local level. Ulysses S. Grant ran one of the most scandalous presidential administrations in U.S. history, and John will tell you about two of the best known scandals, the Credit Mobilier scandal and the Whiskey Ring. There were a few attempts at reform during this time, notably the Civil Service Act of 1883 and the Sherman Anti-trust act of 1890. John will also get into the Grange Movement of the western farmers, and the Populist Party that arose from that movement. The Populists, who threw in their lot with William Jennings Bryan, never managed to get it together and win a presidency, and they faded after 1896. Which brings us to the Progressive Era. You can directly support Crash Course at Subscribe for as little as $0 to keep up with everything we're doing. Also, if y...
The Seventeenth Amendment (primary source) provided for the direct election of Senators by the people rather than by the state legislatures as the original Constitution called for. This prevent corruption by not allowing politicians to give positions of power in the government to supporters and friends.
Theodore Roosevelt (T.R.) He had wanted voter registration made more difficult. He wanted voting to be done by the secret ballot. The purpose would be to allow the people to legislate without a state legislature or to force legislatures to have some laws approved by the electorate. He also wanted drug prohibition (alcohol and cocaine were the main targets) because political machines used them to bribe voters and because they believed that the lower classes had to be protected from themselves. Some acts were passed. During Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency The Sherman Anti-Trust Act was also law. T.R. goal was to end big business monopolies and the act enabled government departments and private individuals to use the court system to break up any organization or contract alleged to be in restraint of trade. This had put a slow stop to major business monopolies, although there were some violations of The Sherman Act.
President Theodore Roosevelt slays the elephant of government corruption!
How did government corruption affect industrialization in America and how did the progressive movement try to solve government corruption?
Industrialization affected corruption in the government by allowing monopolies to rise and gain power over their work force. Political machines would promise jobs to immigrants that came to America for jobs in exchange for immigrants voting for whomever the machines wanted in government power. The progressive movement tried to solve government corruption by passing the 17th amendment and the Sherman Antitrust act. President Roosevelt was an active reformer.

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