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The Progressive Era

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20th Century American History
Progressive Era

2/9/2013
Kristie McBryde

The Progressive Era, at its most progressive time in history. 1900-1918 The Progressive came from a long tradition of middle-class people with a strong sense of social duty to the poor. The social high-ups wherein blue-blooded, native stock was at the top and the poor along with the darker skinned were at the bottom, was accepted by the group. But enacted in their role as privileged members of society was a certain degree of responsibility for the less fortunate (Txt Wikipedia Encyclopedia Progressive area). Growing up in this social class, Eleanor Roosevelt remarked, “In that society you were kind of poor, you didn’t philanthropic duties, you assisted the hospitals and did something for the needy.” The progressive era is unique in that this impulse spread to foster an all-encompassing mood and effect for reform. From farmers to politicians, the need for change and for direct responsibility for the country’s ills became paramount and spread from social service to journalism. During his presidency Theodore Roosevelt commented on the need: “No hard-and-fast rule can be laid down as to the way in which such work [Reform] must be done. But most certainly everyman, whatever his position should strive to do it in some way and to some degree.” (Theodor Roosevelt)

The Progressive Era
The Progressive Era consisted of important movements of our time, these movements challenged traditional relationships and attitudes involving working conditions, unregulated industrial developments to name a few. Rather than rely on traditional Partisan Politics progressive reform began at the local and state levels. They believe that industrialization and urbanization had produced serious social disorders; they sought to achieve social order through organization.

Industrial growth affected factory workers directly, 60 percent of male...