Progressivism And The Progressive Movement Essay

1883 Words Nov 1st, 2016 8 Pages
In the late 1800s, millions of Americans migrated towards urban areas or to the west. Most of those who migrated to northern cities were African Americans. At this time the frontier had been tamed, great cities and businesses had developed, as well as overseas empires were being established. All of these events played a part in the start of progressivism. Progressivism is a term applied to responses of the political and social problems. The progressive movement was an effort to cure many ills of the American society that had developed during the growth of industrialism. Progressivism was rooted in the belief that man was capable of improving society. The major characteristics of the progressive movement were purification of government, modernization, focus on the family and education, prohibition, and women 's suffrage. Early progressives rejected Social Darwinism because they believed the problems society faced could be addressed by providing good education, safe environments and an efficient workplace.

Rapid advances in technology and industrialization changed the way in which Americans lived and worked. Mass manufacturing made available cloth and ready made clothing to consumers. To support the family, thousands of men, women, and children flocked to the unsafe factories to work long hours. For example, from 1880 to 1900 the number of employed women went from 2.6 to 8.6 million. In 1880 4% of clerical workers were women; by 1920 the figure was 50%, but women could not…

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