First of all, the progressive "movement" was NOT actaull a unified movement. It was a series of reforems taken by many different peole, organizations, governments, etc. over a significant period of time. The sources of progressive reform religious groups, muckrakers, and the Leftist political groups or socialists. The religious groups go form private charity to advocating public refor. Some examples were the YMCA and the YWCA. Muckrakers were investigative journalists who sought to anger the
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the federal reserve system which set up federal banks in 12 regions of the country. The federal reserve board made the decisions about the system. Finally, woodrow's regulation of trusts made he federal trade act of 1914 and set up the federal trade commission which had the power to investgate unfair business practices. He also made the Clayton antitrust act of 1914 which declared that monopolies are illegal and protected the legality of labor unions and farm organizations.