Progressive Era Through the Great Depression

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Progressive Era Through The Great Depression
Sammuel Jalopy
Strayer University

The major historical turning points of the Progressive Ear throughout the Great Depression era have brought about major changes in our world today. There were namy key points in this period. They not only brought on changes to the way certain people were treated but they also impacted the economy, politics, society, and culture of the United States. With the turn of the twentieth century progressivism began with an agenda to change America. Socialism and politics grew from this era, including reforms on state and national levels. During the progressive era woman organized the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) which was founded in 1869 as well as the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. The National American Woman Suffrage Association effort brought on the right for women to vote in 1920, women of the west had earned the right before those in southern states. The NAWSA was formed in response to a split in the American Equal Rights Association over the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. They strongly supported the right to vote for Black people. The NWSA condemned the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments as injustices to women. They advocated voted for women and also easier divorce and an end to discrimination in employment and pay. The National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association which were both founded in 1869, they were the main suffrage organizations in the U.S. during the 19th century. They pursued the right to vote in different ways, but by 1890 they combined to be able to keep the cause alive. Their strategy was to push for suffrage at the state level believing that state by state support would eventually force the federal government to pass the amendment. In the past 32 years women have advanced farther than in any previous generation yet we still do not have equality. More feminists have moved into positions of power in all of the institutions that shape our society. We have achieved some measure of power to effect change in these institutions from within, yet we are far from full equality in decision making. They demanded an equal share of power in our families and religions, in law, science and technology, the arts and humanities, sports, education, the trades and professions, labor and management, the media, corporations and small businesses as well as government. In no sphere of life should women be silenced, underrepresented, or devalued. This is the stance for the ANWSA. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organizations. Their plight is to fight for the social injustice for all American’s, to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The catalyst for the NAACP was because of the race riot of 1908 in Springfield, Ill. Departments within the NAACP govern areas of action. Local chapters supported by the Branch and Field Services department and the Youth and College Department. The Legal department focuses on court cases of broad application to minorities, such as systematic discrimination in employment, government, or education. The Washington, D.C. bureau is responsible for lobbying the U.S. government and the Education Department works to improve public education at the local, state, and federal levels. The goal of the health division is to advance health care for minorities through public policy initiatives and education. What I learned through my research is that at the inception of the NAACP a majority of the members were Jews and White people. There was only one Black person on the executive board which was W.E.B. Du Bois.

The NAACP was influential in winning the right of Black people to serve as officers in World War I. Six...
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