Chapter 31: Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt (1901-1912). Progressive Era 1890-1920. DVDs. Freedom: A History of US Disc 3 Yearning to Breathe Free The Presidents Disc 2 McKinley to Wilson. The Presidents. William McKinley 1897-1901 Theodore Roosevelt 1901-1909
William McKinley 1897-1901
Theodore Roosevelt 1901-1909
William Howard Taft 1909-1913
Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921
William McKinley (R)
Theodore Roosevelt (R)
William Howard Taft (R)
Woodrow Wilson (D)
Depletion of Natural Resources
Unequal Distribution of Wealth
Attack on predatory wealth and conspicuous consumption
Scenes like this in the immigrant wards of America's great cities stirred middle-class reformers to action at the turn of the century.
Suffrage leaders built support for the cause by using modern advertising and publicity techniques, including automobiles festooned with flags, bunting, banners, posters, and--in this case--smiling little girls.
Before Congress passed and the states ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, woman suffrage already existed, but mainly in the West. Several midwestern states allowed women to vote only in presidential elections, but legislatures in the South and Northeast generally refused such rights until forced to do so by constitutional amendment.
Athletics, the bicycle vogue, and colleges for women such as Wellesley
helped give middle-class young women a sense of new possibilities at the dawn of the twentieth century.
Roosevelt Turns the Screws on the Trusts
The cartoon exaggerates Roosevelt’s impact on the corporation giants.
Albert Bierstadt, c. 1870
A wave of admissions between 1889 and 1912 brought remaining territories to statehood and marked the final creation of new states until Alaska and Hawaii were admitted in the 1950s.