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The public’s outcry for change prompted the Progressive Era presidents to take action toward radical reforms. These radical reforms addressed issues from trust busting to constitutional amendments. The Progressive reformers and the federal government improved social, economic, and political conditions in the United States.

Social changes came into effect once light was shed on the poor conditions that many minorities faced. Muckrakers, like Upton SinClair and W.E.B. Dubois, highlighted great injustices that led to government intervention. Upton SinClair’s “The Jungle” made government aware of awful meat packing conditions which prompted Roosevelt to push for the Meat Inspection Act (Document B). W.E.B. Dubois’s “The Crisis” inferred that progressive reform had failed to advance the civil rights of black Americans despite their service during World War I (Document I). One of the many great reforms of the era, the 19th amendment, assured women’s From 1900-1920 in the United States of America the reformers of the Progressive Era and the Federal Government were effective bringing about reform dealing with reforms to improve the social disgrace of the working conditions, the enthusiasm to be a nation of self-governed people, and the individual interests of presidents despite limitations in the rulings of court cases, the application of reforms reached, and the varying effectiveness of presidents. Reformers looking to improve the working conditions of the progressive Era made significant headway in their attempted reforms, though they were eventually limited by the decisions of the supreme courts. Muckrakers (people who wrote critiques on society and its faults) like Upton Sinclair wrote pieces of literature that called for reform. In particular Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle was one of the sole motivations for Congress to pass the United States Meat Inspection Act of 1906. The federal government took action and implemented the Neil-Reynolds...
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