Taxes, national defense spending, and voting rights—today's legislative agenda or issues Congress debated during the Progressive Era? You can decide after visiting the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center's newest exhibit—part two of Congress and the Progressive Era—on display in Exhibition Hall from September 14, 2016, to March 13, 2017.
From the 1890s to the 1920s, a period known as the Progressive Era, the United States experienced dramatic social, cultural, and political change. Confronted with domestic and international challenges, Congress reexamined the government's role in the economy and the environment and the nation's place in the world. Prominent investigative journalists—called "muckrakers"—and citizen activists pushed Congress to pass landmark legislation, and states ratified new amendments to the Constitution. This period of dynamic reform forever altered the democratic process, the notion of "We the People," and the everyday lives of all Americans.
In addition to showcasing four constitutional amendments, this exhibit will feature the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 for its fiftieth anniversary and its Progressive-Era legislative antecedents—the Mount McKinley National Park Establishment Act, the Antiquities Act, and the Newlands Reclamation Act. Visitors can also view the legislative accomplishments that were the result of muckrakers Ida Tarbell, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and Upton Sinclair.
Exhibition Hall is open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!