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The Common Good

Common good A popular attitude that people should work for social and political changes that benefit everyone
Progressivism A movement to solve various social and political changes through government action
Reformer A person who supports changes that are intended to improve society
Suffrage The right to vote
Conserve To preserve or carefully use something, particularly natural resources
Assimilate To adopt the values and habits of a larger group
Allotment A share, or portion, determined by a plan
for dividing a larger quantity
Thomas Lyles Rented and sold housing to African Americans
Amanda Lyles Supported the suffrage movement and spoke out against lynching
Louis A. Fritsche Received threats after speaking against U.S government polices (WW 1) and was a distinguished surgeon and mayor
Wekwaa-giizhig An Ojibwe boy that went to a boarding school and had to cut his hair in order to assimilate
Clara Ueland President of the Minnesota Suffrage Association and supported the suffrage movement
Name the 6 main common problems during the early 1900s talked about in this chapter. Government corruption, voting rights, railroad monopolies, logging practices, health dangers, & racial discrimination
How the Minnesota government try to make Ojibwe assimilate Allotment & boarding schools
What was a MN example of government corruption, and how was govt. corruption fixed by reformers and progressives? Ex: The Minneapolis mayor took bribes from illegal gambling operations. New laws were passed to clean up government actions and make it more responsive to the people.
By 1900, women in MN could only vote for small matters like members of school and library board. How was this solved? MN legislature finally allowed women suffrage in 1919. The next year, the 19th amendment was passed, which gave all Americans over the age of 18 the right to vote.
In the early 1900s, James J. Hill tried to combine 3 railroad companies to create a single company that would control most of the railroads. Why was this bad, and how was he stopped? This would have been bad because he would be able to jack up the price as much as he wanted, and because he would have to much power. Many Minnesotans objected, and the MN legislature regulated corporate power. Also, Hill lost at a National court
In the 1800s and 1900s, the vast forests of MN were rapidly disappearing as a result of many logging companies. Cut over brush fueled huge forest fires that killed hundreds of Minnesotans. How were MN forests conserved? A series of laws designed to prevent forest fires were enacted, and the Office of Fire Commissioner was created.
Disease killed thousands of Minnesotans, large cities, were unsanitary- streets and sidewalks were covered in manure and tobacco spit, Water was contaminated. How did reformers and progressives prevent the spread of diseases? The State Board of Health promoted sanitation, quarantines, and vaccinations. Federal govt. enacted the Pure Food and Drug Act and a meat inspection law.
Minnesotans often broke the law and discriminated against African Americans. How was this issue solved? African Americans organized into groups that would take action. Many black leaders formed the Minnesota chapter of the Protective and Industrial league.
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