Progressive Era

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Prompt: Compare and contrast the programs and policies designed by reformers of the Progressive era to those designed by reformers of the New Deal period. Confine your answers to programs and policies that addressed the needs of those living in poverty. Thesis: Although both the New Deal and Progressive Reformers had the common goal of trying to better America and push it in the new direction, New Deal reformers focused on getting the economy back and running by providing jobs; whereas, the Progressive reformers had a more conservative approach and believed that government should be used to ameliorate social problems by using governmental power to regulate industrial production and improve labor conditions. Sources: www.dlt.ncssm.edu/lmtm/docs/prog_newdeal/script.doc http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/modules/progressivism/index.cfm http://www.fdrheritage.org/new_deal.htm

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* The Progressive Reformers created better conditions in factories and for safety regulations in all working environments. Also they improved schools and court process for juveniles. * The process of changing and the transition to a better era was difficult and making a better place for workers was a positive change, but without new jobs to get the people out of the depression improving working conditions was not very helpful. * A program that emerged during the Progressive Era was the Social Justice movement which referred to the idea of creating a society or institution that is based on the principles of equality and solidarity. * This program helped the Americans because during these times, women were put under harsh conditions and not everyone had equal rights. Races were still being discriminated, and children were still being forced to work. After this movement, many things changed for women. * The Progressive reformers started to want voting rights for women and through the Woman Suffrage Movement and 19th Amendment women...
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