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Progressive Era Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Progressive Era The period from about 1890 to 1920, during which a variety of reforms were enacted at the local, state, and federal levels
Muckraker Journalist who uncovers wrongdoing in politics or business
Injunction Court order prohibiting a certain activity
social welfare program Program designed to ensure a basic standard of living for all citizens
municipal Relating to a city, as in a municipal government
home rule System that gives cities a limited degree of self-rule
direct primary Election in which all citizens vote to select nominees for upcoming elections
initiative A process in which citizens can put a proposed new law directly on the ballot in the next election by collecting voters’ signatures on a petition
referendum Process that allows citizens to approve or reject a law passed by their legislature
recall Procedure that permits voters to remove public officials from office before the next election
conservationist A person who favors the protection of natural resources
Clayton Antitrust Act Law passed in 1914 to strengthen the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890; specified big business activities that were forbidden
Federal Trade Commission 1914 commission established by President Wilson and congress to enforce the Clayton Act and establish fair- trade laws
Federal Reserve System The nation’s central banking system, established in 1913.
Civil disobedience Nonviolent refusal to obey a law in an effort to change that law
Created by: KarisBolden