The Progressive Era was a period when reformers and the federal government brought about political reform and social change to the United States, which developed from the 1900’s to the 1920’s. The Progressive Era brought attention to reform mostly towards consumer production, labor laws and to the government economically. Limitations were also a part of this movement, however there were many reforms that took place and led the Progressive Era to be effective in a successful way.
Much attention was brought up by muckrakers, who were journalists who supported the reform movement and reported about what went on behind open and closed doors. Exposing these secrets led to American society to reform itself. Many new laws were being passed due to being it during the time period of the reform movement. A major reform that occurred during this time period was an increase in consumer protection.
written by Upton Sinclair brought up major attention to President Theodore Roosevelt during this time. Because of this Roosevelt sent out Charles P. Neil, who was a labor commissioner, and James Bronson Reynolds, who was a social worker, to Chicago to make surprise inspections in meat packing facilities. They reported that there were horrible conditions and the workers were ignorant. The meat would be shoveled on the filthy wooden floors and piled on tables that were not clean, but the meat was still distributed throughout.(Doc B) This led to the Meat Inspection Act which got rid of the gruesome working habits and
protected the nation's food supply. The Pure Food and Drug Act was also passed and provided inspection in meat industries and deteriorated food products from being manufactured. This reform developed because of actions that were taken by The NeillReynolds Report in 1906 and ...
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