20th Century Reforms Similarity

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20th Century Social Reforms

Kirsten Morris
U.S History
Period 4
March 22, 2013

Kirsten Morris
U.S History
Period 4
March 22, 2013
The Progressive Era, New Deal, and Great Society are similar in the terms of their origins, goals, and legacies to a mild extent. All three of the Era’s have similar origins, goals, and legacies. The Progressive Era was faced with the trouble of an economic collapse and had to find a way to dig the nation out of poverty and sorrow. That is where the New Deal Era comes along and helps the nation get back from the damage of the great depression. The Great Society continues to help the nation get back on track. Both the Great Society and the New Deal Era were created to help the people in our nation and not bring the down like around the Progressive Era. The Progressive Era was the turn on the 20th century where different groups wanted to reform our nation economically, socially, and politically. Many people were suffering from The Great Depression during this time. The progressives had four main goals; the government should be more accountable to its citizens, its should curb the power and influence of wealthy interests, it should be given expanded powers so that it could become more active in improving the lives of its citizens, and it should become more efficient and less corrupt so that they could completely handle an expanded role. Henry George proposed that the government should start charging landowners single taxes because he thought people were becoming poor because the would buy land and hold onto it until the price went up. Progressives sought more social welfare programs such as unemployment benefits, accident and health insurance, and social security systems for the elderly and disabled. Another big change in the Progressive Era was the Women’s Suffrage where women finally had the right to vote. Just like the Great Society and The New Deal Eras, the Progressive Era wanted to help people and provided the people...
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