S: President Project American History
FC: President Project Woodrow Wilson Mariah Howell mh02722
1: President Woodrow Wilson was a supporter of small business, so he viewed big businesses as a threat and tried to stop them. It is even stated, "He wanted to limit the power of monopolies, which he viewed as a threat to small businesses" He backed the Clayton Antitrust Act which was a variation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. This act stated what corporations could not do, like buy competing companies' stock to make a monopoly. | Wilson also had the Federal Trade Commission passed which allowed them to investigate to see whether or not the companies were doing things illegal.
2: Big Business Pictures
3: Banks often crashed when many people tried to withdraw money, so Wilson helped make a better way to do that. One problem that was faced when helping the banks was that "America disagreed on how to change the banking system. Conservative business groups wanted to give the nation's large private banks more control. In contrast, many Democrats and progressive Republicans wanted the government to run the system." Wilson's resolve was the Federal Reserve Act. This act combined the two ideas with a tree-tiered banking system. At the top was a group that was in charge of running the system, next was 12 banks that were mixed public and private control. Last were private banks that could borrow money from the other banks.
4: Banking Pictures
5: Throughout Wilson's first term as President, he supported legislations that helped working people. He even wrote, "The New Freedom means the effort of small business men and farmers use the government against the larger collective organization of industry." This quote is saying that his New Freedom act was made to help small business people and farmers because they were having a hard time living. Wilson even helped stop a railroad strike by having labor leaders and railroad managers come to the White House to figure things out. This did not work so he tried to get Congress to support a law that said a railroad workers workday should only be 8 to 10 hours a day. The law was passed and called the Adamson Act.
6: Farm and Labor Pictures
7: Wilson cared about children too so he tried to stop child labor. "For years progressives had wanted to keep young children from working in factories, mills, and mines." However, this did not work as well as his other administrations. Wilson backed the Keating-Owen Child Labor Act in 1916. This act was prompted because National Consumers League and other groups kept protesting and pushing the Congress. Sadly, though, the Supreme Court did not pass this law for different reasons.
8: Child Labor Pictures
9: One of the most important things about Woodrow Wilson that effects every women in the United States today is that he supported women's suffrage and got them their right to vote. It is said that "After the United States entered World War 1 in 1917, leaders of the movement. . . lent strong support to the war effort. . . Even President Wilson came out in support of women's suffrage in a speech in 1918." So it is clear that Wilson was in favor of women's suffrage after the war. He seen how helpful women were during the war and felt that they deserved their right to vote. In 1919 Congress made the 19th Amendment which gave women full rights and it was passed in 1920.
10: Women's Suffrage Pictures
11: So as you can see Woodrow Wilson did a lot during his terms as President. I think he was a very effective President. He tried to help as many people as he could and make the United States a better place to live in. Even though not all of his administration were a success, he still tried. He has changed the future of all in the United States. | Wilson has also inspired many Presidents after him.