Essay on The Progressive Era Of America
The progressive movement evolved from the civil war as many felt that America was going through a crisis of democracy. Many Progressive politicians felt it was their moral virtue to bridge the gap between the rich and poor by breaking up big businesses, promote democracy through direct election of senators. They believed thus actions would offer prosperity with all individuals, preferably white individuals. The progressive era proved successful with many of its accomplishments still relevant today and helped shape America as it is today with the Progressive movement picking up again.
The first step to promote democracy within America was to end corruption within the government. U.S. senators were elected by state legislatures. This practice benefitted politicians and did little for the American people. This practice also lead to wealthy people buying their way into office such as Montana senator in 1900. Progressives, inspired by the Populist Party, campaigned for direct election of U.S Senators by the people. The elected U.S. senator would be the voice of the population and in theory campaign for the population’s instead of their own. The 17th amendment was added to the constitution in 1913 when Progressive president Woodrow Wilson was in office. The 17th amendment is still in important today because the direct election for senators is by the people and for the people.
Progressives used muckraking among other tactics as a way raise awareness about…