The Progressive Era in America

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The word progressive can be defined as change, improvement, and reform. This can be then opposed to wanting or hoping to maintain things the way they are, especially in politicals and political matters. The Progressive Era was just that a set of changes that enacted a movement in the ways that people behaved for many years or sought a better life. At the heart of the nation in the 1890's was the industrial revolution (Goldfield, et. al., 2011). This brought great wealth to the country and great changes to the world that we now see today. Many governments and big businesses believed these changes were wonderful, unfortunately the rest of American citizens suffered greatly so they soon learned how to fight back. The people soon realized if they stuck together and created a wave of changes that things seemed to get better at work and in their lives. Reform became a hot topic for Americans in 1900 as people did not like what was happening around them and they wanted to reform anything and everything they could to change. Progressives were seeking change, offered solutions to problems that they say, organized their supporters, and attempted to change public opinion (Goldfield, et al., 2011). They did this by lobbying and demonstrating as nonpartisan pressure groups to have other join them in their fight for changes. Reform started to work at city and state levels where the poorer people and conditions were bad all the way up to the governmental levels. This extensive effort was responsible for women’s rights and empowerment, child labor laws, government reform, and bringing forth presidents who would reconstruct corporate business and social services. The industrial growth affected factory workers based on the conditions that were unsafe, unhealthy, and often unfair. Hundreds of thousands workers were injured on the job and several thousand were killed (Goldfield, et al., 2011). The “male breadwinners” were not being a paid a livable wage which forced woman and...
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