- To extinguish corruption in the government and its strong influence
- To have more people active in the political process
- To establish that the government has the obligation to ensure fair economic practices and to help solve social problems
- To get rid of the political power of local bosses, get votes for women, establish income tax, and make changes in the way senators were put into office.
- Al Smith
- Charles Evans Hughes
- Herbert Hoover
- Robert M. La Follette Sr.
- Theodore Roosevelt
- William Jennings Bryan
- Woodrow Wilson
- Initiative (petitioning for a public vote), recall, referendum (direct vote on a proposal), secret ballot, and direct primary.
- The Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 was passed because of the fear that trusts would stifle competition and unfairly control pricing. It banned any conglomerate that restrained enterprise. It was followed later by the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914 to prevent anti-competitive practices.
- The Meat Inspection Act of 1906 ordered that meat be inspected and the processing of meat would be done in sanitary conditions.
- The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 provided for the federal inspection of meat and banned the sale or transport of adulterated food or harmful medicines. All drugs had to be properly labeled as to contents and dosage. Before this, many drugs were called patent medications and the ingredients were not known.
- Progressives were also successful in the conservation of the environment, education reform, and promoting the arts and culture.
- An example of the progressive movement was a time from the very late 1800s to the early 1900s when there were efforts made to improve slums, unsafe working conditions, child labor, poverty and such in our society.
- An example of the progressive movement was the exposure of corruption through reporters and writers such as Upton Sinclair's book The Jungle that focused on the plight of the factory worker, poverty, hopelessness, lack of social programs, poor working and living conditions, and the unsafe practices of the meat packing industry.
The definition of a progressive movement is a political force that wants reform in all levels of government, theology, education, industry, medicine, insurance, and finance.