The Progressive Era

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A Progressive Era Essay
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
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Poor families didn’t have enough resources so they children had to work as well. Many children worked in factories. After the Industrial Era, textile factories were on the rise. Textile factories cared more about the product than the condition of the workers. Working conditions in the factory were deplorable; factories were cramped, and workers worked 12 hour days. Factories also had a dangerous method of locking people in the factory to prevent theft. Unfortunately, a fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory which killed hundreds of people, mostly children. Because of this event, child labor laws were enacted across America. Progressives are responsible for forming the National Child Labor committee that successfully banned states from hiring children under the age of 12, and it cut working hours from 12 hours a day to 10 hours a day. The National Labor Committee went on the essentially eliminate child labor from

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