Progressives were people who saw the ending of the frontier and riseabuse of

Progressives were people who saw the ending of the

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Progressives were people who saw the ending of the frontier and rise/abuse of big business (corruption, government, monopoly, trust, etc.) They believed that it was abuse and inefficiencies. Wanted a reform in business/politics in the way they operated. Gospel of Efficiency Lecture - Conservation and the US Forest Service General Land Office (GLO) Forest reserves would remain and be open for commercial use (under government supervision, contracts can harvest trees and graze livestock and mining) Management of reserves fell to the General Land Office (GLO) in the Department of the Interior. GLO is to sell public land (fairly corrupt organization) Pinchot didn’t want anything to do with the GLO. Didn’t believe that the GLO should be managing the forest reserves and they did not have trained foresters Pinchot went back to private practice after writing the act (Forest Management Act) Division of Forestry Department of agriculture, had 15 people in the office. The director had retired and recruited Pinchot in 1898. He later expanded Bureau of Forestry (1901) In 1902, the Bureau of Forestry was given management of the Minnesota National Forest Became a progressive essence Minnesota National Forest Was transferred to the Bureau of Forestry and each year, funding increased and gained more and more holdings as funding increased Florence Bramhall Read Pinchots work about forestry and used her influences to get the Minnesota National Forest to be under the management of the Bureau of Forestry Was a progressive and believed that forestry was an important part of progressivism. Also an advocate to giving women the right to vote US Department of Agriculture Progressive Era (1890-1920) Believed that corruption in government and business hurt the nation’s progress, therefore progressives People who were of Enlightenment thought, well educated, urban, trained in scientific or professional skills, lived in cities Abuses that were hurting the nation. Workers being abused in business. Into efficiency. Believed that American business should be efficient and American government be efficient Idea of efficiency as a religion - Gospel of Efficiency 16
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Pinchot was a progressive and sought to bring efficiency in government. Create big government to regulate big business. Big government would guide better than big business Two Schools of Thought 1) All that is needed is to restore competition (eliminate ability for some competitions to crush and destroy) 2) Create big government to regulate big business - the Republican idea Pinchot and (Teddy) Roosevelt believed big business was fine/good, but there were problems, such as unregulated big businesses. They wanted to create big government that were efficient and scientifically based to regulate Hated waste of resources - example was the extinction of the buffalo Represents the beginning of big government in the early stages Abuses Inefficiencies (GLO) GLO didn’t want to manage the reserves. Strongly dominated congress (liberal wing) and therefore passed the Transfer Act
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