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Written by Parrish Miller

The early twentieth century is often referred to as the “Progressive Era” because of the significant political changes that happened during the period. In addition to the 16th Amendment that allowed for the implementation of a federal income tax, states were stripped of their representation in Washington D.C. through the direct election of Senators made possible by the 17th Amendment.

For those whose goal was the replacement of a constitutional republic based on individual rights with a socialist democracy based on mob rule, this was a time of great success.