American Progressive Era, from 1890s to 1920s

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American progressive era, from 1890s to 1920s, is believed to be a period of societal awakening. Although, there is no particular date that could be mentioned to mark its end, yet people believe that it lasted for around 30 years. After the civil war, the rapidly developing American economy was facing hundreds of problems due to its structural weaknesses. The capitalist system came under severe criticism because of the prominent flaws in its basic structural composition. The issues like racial segregation, gender bias and unregulated labor hours would spread frustration across the country. A social revival seemed inevitable, when the political rows suspected a huge unrest in the country that could possibly have led to a societal disorder. It was believed that will of the individuals was sacrificed as the government got involved in corruption by rendering undesirable favors to the capitalism giants. Industrialization and urbanization was increasing at a greater pace, which raised unethical issues because of the malpractices by the corporations. To mark an end to the corruption of the political and industrial elites, Eugene V. Debs, a railway union organizer, founded a brand new socialist party. The party managed to get more than 900,000 votes in 1912. Most of the progressive thinkers made their way to the congress, where they sought others’ support to make policies and laws that would ensure the establishment of a system that did not violated the founding fathers’ ideas. Plessy vs. Ferguson case would pave the way for organized social movements against racism. Plessy, aware of his black ancestry, broke the law and sat on a coach, which was dedicated for whites. Although, the judge ruled against Plessy, yet it was the first intentional attempt to challenge the racial segregation in the country (Acharya, 2009). Government’s attitude towards the business, before the progressive era, was not convincingly appropriate because all the organizations operated in a...
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