Thesis: Wilson had three main progressive reforms the Underwood Tariff Bill that forced Americans companies to compete on the global market, the Federal Reserve Act that created 12 regional banks that were privately owned by publicly controlled, and the Clayton Antitrust Act which broke up monopolies further. Wilson does not compare Roosevelt when it comes to a roe effective progressive since Roosevelt succeed in conserving thousand natures acres. Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt were both progressive reformers.
They called themselves progressives because they shared among the same beliefs. Roosevelt won the 1901 election and Wilson won the 1913 election as the second Democrat since 1861. Though he was an intellectual being he sufficed in having Roosevelt charismatic imagination. Wilson was a more vague and academic person.
Wilson arrived with a plan already in motion after arriving at the White House he had a clear program that he planned on achieving. The first appeal he set in motion was the Underwood Tariff Bill that lowered tariff, reduced rates making lower priced for consumers. This bill alongside the 16th amendment would allow the government to collect income tax instead of having high tariffs (664). He proceeds to win a triumph with the Federal Reserve Act which established twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks (665). Also creating the Federal Reserve Board, which regulated banking and created strength during times of low economic activity and low-interest rates. The board would meet up and decide in times of high inflation meant raising interest rates which meant fewer people would borrow money.
This act was the backbone through the crust of the WWI. Wilson cut the monopoly further with the Clayton Antitrust Act which extends the antitrust protections of the Sherman Antitrust Act and broke up monopolies further. Wilson did have an effective progressive plan for regulating poverty, and the war but he was nothing compared to the work that Roosevelt did during his presidency. He transformed the ICC, effective regulator for the railroads, and was the first to break up trust.
Roosevelt was the original “Teddy the Trust Buster” as he saw monopolies were getting bigger he found a way to have effective legislation to break up the monopoly and lower the prices for consumers. He passed the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1887 to refinancing the law and break up the trust as they believed were harmful to the public.