The Progressive Er A Reform Movement Essay

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DBQ The Progressive Era, 1900-1920, can be defined as a reform movement aimed toward urban and social change through improvements in the nation. This era stemmed from American industrialization and a population growth. Also, the Progressive Era emerged from past movements such as abolitionism, women’ rights, temperance, and the regulation of big businesses. Some of the main goals of the progressives included breaking trusts, ending political reform, bettering living conditions, and establishing voting reforms as well as banking reforms. The Progressive Era was not unique and was simply built from the efforts of the Gilded Age reformers since many of the issues dealt with corrupt businesses; nevertheless, the efforts of the federal government brought about reform through the failed efforts to advance civil rights for African Americans and success of reviving the anti-trust acts, along with the efforts of the Progressive Era reformers who brought about reform through the success of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle which greatly improved working conditions for the common people. To begin, the Progressive Era was built upon the efforts of the Gilded Age. For instance, as depicted in the Western Union Telegraph Company’s employee contract, their employees were required to remain loyal to the company, ceasing any affiliation with another company [Doc F]. During the earlier period of the Gilded Age, companies would force their employees to sign contracts, known as yellow-dog…

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