Which movement of the Progressive Era had the most positive,lasting impact on society to this day?
The 16th amendment is viewed as the first of the progressive era amendments
All though an income tax was proposed as early as 1812, Congress did not enact one until 1861, when the Civil War began.
The 16th amendment allows congress the power to collect takes on peoples income
An income tax can be collected without regard to states population
Prior to ratification of the 16th (income tax) Amendment in February 1913, the federal government managed its few constitutional responsibilities without an income tax, except during the Civil War period.
The 16th amendment(Income tax) allows for the federal government to keep an army, build roads and bridges, enforce laws and carry out other important duties.