Consumer Protection, And Labor Reforms During The Progressive Era

1137 Words 5 Pages
During the early 1900s both the federal government and Progressive Era reformers effectively worked to bring about change through laws of consumer protection, movements towards legislative and election reform, and labor reforms.
During the early 1900s many licensing programs developed to standardize professions and new laws emerged with the goal of making goods safer for consumers. The American Medical Association (AMA), an organization of doctors and medical students, was formed in 1901 by Joseph McCormack with the intention of protecting public health. The AMA developed strict standards of practice in order to make the medical profession more safe and effective. This led to better medical practices across the country and higher quality medical schools. In 1906, investigative journalist and writer, Upton Sinclair published his
…show more content…
Laws such as the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act gave consumers a greater degree of safety through the creation of sanitation standard. The medical profession became more standardized, leading to higher quality medical schools and better practices across the nation. More people became engaged in politics during the Progressive Era, and election were no longer swayed by voter fraud and mob bosses. During this era, women gained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th amendment. Unions and Workers gained more power during the progressive era. Trusts were broken up with the Clayton Anti-Trust Act and child labor was banned. Despite these many reforms there were some areas where the Progressive Era fell short. Voter turnout decreased during the early 20th century, the 19th amendment came at the tail end of the progressive movement, and civil rights reforms were limited. However, the Progressive era still successfully brought about reforms across

Related Documents