The Progressive Movements And The Causes Of The Progressive Era

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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…
By showing the ugly underside of America 's problems it pushed politicians to face and solve the problems brought forth. In 1904, journalist Ida Tarbell wrote an article about how unfairly standard oil was practicing and as a result Standard Oil was prosecuted under the antitrust legislation.
In the early 1900’s women were not treated as equals to men and are still not today. The women’s right to an equal salary to men today can be compared directly to the women’s right to vote in the 1900’s. Women pushed for the right to vote and also vigorously for the prohibition of alcohol. Since many women did not work and spent most of their time at home, they were the first person their drunk husband could take his drunken rage out on. By prohibiting the consumption of alcohol, the rate of domestic violence against women would go down a great deal.
Reformers were successful in implementing many reforms on the federal government level including the Sixteenth Amendment (1913), which allowed for an income tax, the Seventeenth Amendment (1913), which allowed citizens to elect Senators directly, the Eighteenth Amendment (1919), which prohibited the sale of alcohol, and the Nineteenth Amendment (1920), which enfranchised
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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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