The Rise Of The Industrial Revolution Essay

1191 Words Apr 25th, 2015 5 Pages
The Industrial Revolution had greatly changed the dynamic of American lives, creating the rise of big business and masses of new workers and people. From this, emerged new issues that sought resolution in the coming age. During the Progressive Era from 1900-1920, Progressive reformers and the federal government fostered moderate reforms in corporate regulation, labor reform, and extending suffrage. However, the persisting continuity of limited legislation and hands-off government did not culminate in the radical changes needed to address and change the problems developed by the Industrial Revolution. First and foremost, the Progressive Era was one that sought to reform economic problems, of which included corporate regulation, or trust-busting. This time period saw a slight change in the laissez-faire economic policy that had existed in time before, the new alarmingly corrupt wealth of large corporations needing regulation. Document 1 depicts Theodore Roosevelt “killing” off bad trusts, effectively keeping good trusts in line. A progressive himself, Roosevelt also initiated the Sherman Antitrust Act to disallow the existence of monopolies, the Interstate Commerce Act to protect smaller business and farmers, and the Elkins and Hepburn Act which both dealt with railroad corruption to create a fair and free market. By doing these things, it can be evidenced how the progressive era set the grassroots movement for future greater reform. However, it must be noted that these…

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