Fordism: The Progressive Era

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Fordism- Fordism was a term coined in the early twentieth-century describing the economic system created by Ford Motor Company based on high wages and mass consumption. During a time when businesses were solely focused on profit, Ford was criticized for providing his workers with high wages. However, this system was efficient due to the reasoning that his workers must be able to afford the goods turned out by American factories.
Seventeenth Amendment- The Progressive Era was a time of many changes in the political process. Democracy improved due to the Seventeenth Amendment, by creating a adoption of the popular election of judges and primary election among political parties on a large scale. The Seventeenth Amendment was a progressive reform
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The Socialist party brought together the radicals such as the Populists and the followers of Bellamy. The party wanted reforms to take place almost instantly by providing free college education and democratic control of the economy. The Socialist party published thousands of newspapers and gained the support of the American Federation of Labor through trying to improve working conditions. Socialism developed greatly in diverse areas throughout the country, such as the Lower East Side of New York City. Men such as Meyer London, Victor Berger, and Emil Seidel were considered the central strength of the Socialist movement in the U.S. Seidel provided aid to those without jobs, gained the respect of the middle class through honesty, and demanded the police consider the rights of the strikers. However, the most important figure to socialism was Eugene Debs, who traveled the country preaching about the need for democratic control of the economy. Debs held hope for unifying political equality and economic freedom in a time of discontentment in Progressive …show more content…
It was a reaction to the Russian Revolutions, mail bombs, strikes, and riots that were occurring. Wartime repression of dissent continued into the late 1910’s, reaching its peak during 1919-1920 with the Red Scare. People began to become convinced that events like the steel strike were part of a communist theory. The fear of communism was not a tangible fear, however it was one that was posed among society as a whole. Fears such as strikes, riots, and bombs were much more realistic fears. The Russian Revolution left much of the U.S in a state of unease and terror. An explosion in New York killed over forty people in 1920. These events had a drastic impact on radical and labor organizations and ignited an intense identification of patriotic Americanism with support for both political and economic status quo. Internal difference over the Russian Revolution and governmental constraint led to the crumbling of the Socialist

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