Domestic Legislation in 1916
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Despite the distractions of the war in Europe and the accompanying crisis on the high seas, the Wilson administration devoted some of its energies to domestic legislation in 1916. A political motivation was clearly evident. Most progressives were returning to the Republican Party and the president needed support from that element to ensure his reelection in the fall. The Democratic Congress responded with the following legislation:
The impact of this law was not lasting. The U.S. Supreme Court in Hammer v. Dagenhart (1918) declared Keating-Owen unconstitutional, reasoning that the law had been designed to regulate manufacturing conditions, not interstate commerce. (This latter position would stand until reversed again in United States v. Darby (1941).)
The Adamson Act was passed in September 1916, due largely to appeals by the president. Railway unions were preparing for a strike and Wilson feared a potential crippling of the economy; his concerns were not far-fetched in an age before the development of a long distance trucking system. The last thing Wilson wanted was to see the economy in turmoil as the country drifted toward entry into the European war.
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... in urban population in Washington was 166.0 per cent.; in Oregon, 115.3; in Idaho, 216.2. For the same period the rural increase was; Washington, 84.7 per cent.; Oregon, 35.0; Idaho, 83.1. Further analysis is not needed. A vast domain is ...
Map of Hickory Hill area in 1916 updated with old sites
The state also acquired the 7-acre tract in yellow that is the old Hickory Hill Mine site. The green area that wraps around the two parcels is what’s left of the Sisk Farm that George’s grandfather began purchasing in 1913. It contains the site ...