Historical Turning Points Through the Period of the Progressive Era and the Great Depression
Turning Points of the Progressive Era and the Great Depression.
There were many turning points during the Progressive Era and the Great Depression. The two major turning points that stood out to me were the Women’s Right Movement and the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Women played a played a major role in reforming the nation. Late in the nineteenth century women were well educated college graduates and worked outside of the home. Women no longer followed the traditional social norms. Militant political action started in Britain in 1903 with the formation of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) for the right to vote. Women of all ages and classes demonstrated for the right to vote. They were jailed; locked out of their meeting places; and thrown down the steps of Parliament. After coming to a truce women in Britain were granted the right to vote in 1918. In the United States women participated in reform organizations as a way to perform public services and have a job. The first reform organization that women participated in was the fight for black civil rights. Between 1890 and 1913 two groups were founded to highlight women’s suffrage and to push for reforms including allowing women to vote. With the determination of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and the National Women’s Party (MWP) women, Susan B. Anthony wrote and submitted a proposed right-to-vote amendment to the Constitution. Women achieved the right to vote in 1920 when the Nineteenth Amendment was passed. The second major turning point was the Stock Market Crash of 1929 known as “Black Tuesday.” There were a series of events that caused the Great Depression, but the Stock Market Crash was one that really caught my attention. Before the Stock Market Crash everyone was looking to get rich quick. They never imagined that the economy would slow down and the stock...
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