Progressive Essay

666 Words Sep 22nd, 2008 3 Pages
Throughout the years, American has given birth to some of the most prominent, sagacious and influential leaders in history; leaders such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln amongst many others. This was embodied all through the early 20th and late 19th, with the presence of the progressive presidents in the oval office. President Theodore Roosevelt, President William Howard Taft and President Woodrow Wilson had diverse levels of effectiveness on reforming our nation, however they had one factor in common; they were great leaders who promoted the growth and prosperity of our country.
Theodore Roosevelt was in many ways a typical progressive politician. Raised in comfortable surroundings and educated with Christian moral values, he
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Woodrow Wilson had risen from the presidency of Princeton University to the governorship of New Jersey. In that office, he established a progressive record and launched himself as a Democratic candidate for the presidency. Although he shared Roosevelt's scorn for the abuse of corporate power, he opposed direct federal interference in business activity. Wilson also attacked Roosevelt's social welfare program as a paternalistic assault on freedom. Wilson did not receive a mandate for his new philosophy but rather came out ahead in the election of 1912 because of the split in the Republican ranks between Taft and Roosevelt. With a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress, Wilson was able to set in motion legislation that could curb some of the worst problems in the business sector. First, tariff rates were reduced with the goal of lowering prices for consumers. The landmark Federal Reserve Act of 1913 established a national banking system that helped to stabilize the financial markets. In the matter of the business trusts, Wilson championed the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914, which prohibited practices that lessened competition or created monopolies. Wilson's administration also established the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to oversee the enforcement of antitrust legislation. Wilson's policy in dealing with the abuses of big

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