The Gilded Age And The Progressive Era Essay

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The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era began in the 1800s and lasted till the 1920s. In this period, it was marked by major movements for reform against the backdrop of socioeconomic conflicts; in addition, America emerged as a world power. It was the perfect period for business moguls and corrupt politician to manipulate the government and the economy for their benefits; consequently, it involved people at home and internally. During the late 19th and early 20th century, racism, social and progressive movements, expanding the economy, and the search for regeneration eventually pulled and caused the country into militaristic interventions and policies with foreign countries forever changing America’s past republican policy for neutrality and standing for isolation.
Race related prejudicial beliefs in the 19th and 20th century added to fuel American intervention with foreign countries. African Americans at home were subjugated by their white oppressors and disenfranchised in the 1880s shortly after the Reconstruction period. The people who were supposedly free faced lynching, and Jim Crow laws. In addition, they were associated with the terms like beast and savages. Chinese Americans on the other hand faced horrible treatment from Irish immigrants, who the latter believed the former to be stealing jobs, displacing the Caucasian working class. The angry racial prejudices held by Americans at the time were caused by the rise in the belief of pseudo-science, eugenics, and new…

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