The Progressive Movement And The New Deal Essay

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Throughout history, American society has changed immensely. During the late 19th century and early 20th century, American society saw a huge change. These changes were caused by industrialization and urbanization and ultimately generated a series of massive reform movements. These movements, in turn, brought about changes of their own with varying degrees of success. When analyzing both the Progressive Movement and the New Deal, I believe that each reform movement had a greater number of successes than it did failures. In the late 19th century, American society dramatically shifted from a rural agrarian society to a more complex industrialized nation. This change was pushed along by technological innovations that eventually turned into economic growth. The biggest innovation was the railroad. In 1869, “the first transcontinental railroad linked cities all over the United States” which allowed for the mass transportation of natural resources and people (2/1Lec). The links between cities ultimately caused factories to spring up in cities all over the country. Governed by a Laissez-Faire Capitalist government whose mindset was to “let businesses do as they wish without regulation”, these factories implemented processes to shift power into their favor (2/1Lec). As factories increased in size they began a process known as mass production. This process allowed factories to deskill workers and make them interchangeable. This push for increased productivity dramatically impacted…

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