A.P US HISTORY
How would you define and describe the progressive reform movement?
The Progressive Movement was an attempt to right the wrongs that had been inflicted on the citizens and the land of the United States by unrestricted growth of big business and industry. The progressive era was a period of social activism and political reform & the movement occurred between 1901-1917. The Progressive Reform Movement was initiated as a response to political and corporate abuse at the turn of the 20th century & these reforms were initiated by individuals, and at the city, state, and national levels of government. The main goal of the Progressive Movement was to purify the government & some progressives tried to eliminate corruption by exposing government machines…
By the time the nation reached the 20th century the people noticed drastic change & knew reforms needed to be passed because according to document 1, it expressed those beliefs that our constitution was not broad enough in its scope to include all the reforms that needed to be passed. Money was everything during this progressive era & the riches that some Americans earned through business dealings made them selfish and money obsessed; it seemed as though the business owners had no thought for the welfare of their workers, & the government had been focused on helping the rich become richer; ignoring the poor. In which is seen in document 2 in which it says “our great government we loved has too often been made use for private and selfish purposes and those who used it had forgotten the people”. The Progressive movement swept the nation; progressive reformers rallied for equal treatment and better working conditions; the federal government adopted regulations that attempted to satisfy the wishes of the reformer; both groups had successes and limitations that