Big business often recieved favorable treatment from goverment officials and polticians and could use its economic power to limit competition.
progressive leaders put their faith in experts and scientific principles to make society and the workplace more efficent.
these reformers wanted immigrants to uplift themselves by improving their personal behavior.
the social gospel and settlement house movements of the late 1800's which aimed to help the poor through community centers, churches and social services continued during the progressive era and inspired even more reform activities.
in some cities mayors introduced progressive reforms without changing how goverment was orginized.
people elected a city council to make laws, and then in turn they elected a manager to run the city's departments.
Reform goveners attacked big businesses to drive them out of politics.
formed a child labor committee in 1904 and sent investigators to gather evidence of children working in harsh conditions.
states enacted and strengthened laws to reduce women's hours of work.
made laws to enabled voters, instead of political machines, to choose candidates for public office through a special popular election.
progressives pushed for the popular election of senators.