President Mckinley Essay

689 Words Jun 11th, 2010 3 Pages
President William McKinley was in New York shaking hands with the well-wishers at an exposition on September 7, 1901. All of a sudden Leon Czolgosz, an American anarchist, started shooting in the crowd with a pistol. Unfortunately McKinley was shot and he died a week later. This is how and why Theodore Roosevelt became the first president to take office during the progressive era. Progressivism was fueled by many decisions by voters and political leaders. One basic question that many Americans wanted to know the answer to was: Should government play a larger role in the lives of Americans? The people wanted to feel safe and all times and felt that the government could assist them in some way. The Progressive Era has been called the …show more content…
His square deal sought to create a moral approach to many social problems. Woodrow Wilson was also a successful progressive president. He discussed all the reforms that he was focusing on at the beginning of his term. His main topics were reforming tariffs and to reorganize banking. He proposed a bill to reduce tariffs, which passed through the House immediately. Wilson also created the Federal Trade Commission, which regulated big business which is still in operation today. Many of the changes they brought about still affect or society today. Despite criticism they did good things their presidencies. Each of them had a different approach to progressivism, but that was progressivism was. Progressive meant change and reform basically. Both of these presidents were successful in bringing this about. William Howard Taft was also considered a progressive president. He fought for the prosecution of trusts, strengthened the Interstate Commerce Commission, established a postal savings bank, and a parcel post system. He considered himself a progressive probably because of his deep belief in “The Law”, which he thought should be used by judges to solve society’s problems. Progressivism did not stop all the major issues that were going on in the early 1900’s, but it laid the foundation to bring about these changes. The Progressive Era had an impact on those seeking equal rights for African Americans, American Indians, and women. Women eventually were granted the right to

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