The Progressive Era In America

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The progressive era in America was a time for moving forward and updating time worn ways. Starting in 1890, the progressive era spanned 30 years and ended in 1920. The progressive era was supported mostly by middle and upper class citizens because the reforms were not reared toward citizens whose main priority was trying to support their family, such as immigrants or the urban poor. The reformers were more aimed to fixing the issues in the government. Issues such as corruption and bribery were very prominent before the progressive reforms. Many powerful companies had prominent political figures in their pocket, which deeply affected consumers and workers. Another group that strongly supported the progressive movement were women. During the …show more content…
Throughout the progressive era there were three different presidents serving terms: William Taft, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Each of these three presidents had some active affairs in Latin America during their term as …show more content…
Two of the most prominent black reformers during that time were W.E.B Dubois and Booker T. Washing two. Both of those men were extremely smart, and passionate in their cause, but no matter how similar they were they disagreed vastly on the best way to obtain equal rights for African Americans. Booker T. Washington was the most prominent voice for black activism, but not only did he get support from African Americans but he also gained the support of white extremist, which is why many people believe he was so well known. The basis of Washington’s message was that blacks must gain economic and industrial advancement and gain the respect of white as he believed that equal right would come once that was achieved. Washington believed that African Americans must gain self worth in their work. Many white extremists supported Washington 's philosophy because they saw it as him, a prominent leader in the black community, as condoning keeping blacks

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