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CHAPTER THIRTY SIX:  POLITICS OF BOOM & BUST

Harding’s administration:corruption:

Fall= Sec. of the Interior

Daugherty= attorney general

death of Progressive legislation:  killed child labor laws, stripped labor of gains

Atkins v. Children’s Hospitalinvalidated minimum wage for women

Esch-Cummings Transportation Actencouraged private consolidation of RRs

steel industry strike ruthlessly crushed

racial terror in Chicago

labor union membership down 30%

Foreign Affairs:  Isolationism

unofficial “observers” sent to League of Nations

Five Power Treaty      no fortification of far eastern possessions

Four PowerTreatypreserve status quo in Pacific

Nine Power Treatykeep “open door” in China

problems** no restrictions on small war ships, cruisers or destroyers; subs still being built

Kellogg-Briand Pactpledge not to use war

problems** defensive wars still permitted, false sense of security

Tariffs

Fordney McCumber Tariff – 1922raised tariff, created Tariff Commission to advise president

forced Europeans to raise their rates

Scandals

Col. Forbes caught stealing from Veterans Bureau – resigned

Daugherty caught selling pardons & liquor permits - resigned

Teapot Dome-naval oil reserves at Teapot Dome & Elk Hills transferred to Interior Dept.

-Fall leased lands to private companies for thousands

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