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The Progressive Movement and U.S.
Foreign Policy, 1890-1920s
What was the Progressive Movement?
The Progressive movement was a turn-of-the-century political movement interested in
furthering social and political reform, curbing political corruption caused by political
machines, and limiting the political influence of large corporations

Progressive Movements Affect on Domestic Policy

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During the Progressive Era, the Federal Government passed an enormous amount
of legislation designed to conserve the environment, tighten past economic
regulations, preserve the health and safety of American citizens, and generally
provide needed capitalist reforms.
Progressive Era Federal Legislation

Newlands Reclamation Encouraged conservation by allowing the building of dams…

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Progressivism's Influence on US Politics
Progressives were concerned with regulation of big business, political reforms and social
However a great number of progressive reforms were introduced at State rather than
Federal level
Regulating Big Business
Trusts became monopolies and began to fix prices
Progressives wanted to `bust' trusts

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Progressive presidents
Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
Republican President
Brought reforms in federal government
Prompted a miners' strike
Promoted the `square deal' ­ workers got equal rights
Introduced conservation of the environment
Believed in presidential intervention
First to properly use the Sherman Act
o Attacks on corruption
o Supported antitrust actions

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Others were concerned about the adverse effects of U.S. interventions and colonialism
Throughout the 1890s, the U.S. Government became increasingly likely to rely on its
military and economic power to pursue foreign policy goals
The most prominent action during this period, the Spanish-American War, resulted
in U.S. rule of the…

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Progressive U.S. Senator William Borah led the campaign against ratification, and
he would increasingly become the champion of the isolationist movement until his
death in 1940
Other Progressives viewed the treaty more favourably.

In the 1920s, the Progressive movement began to be supplanted by several different
In some cases,…


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