The Pros And Cons Of The Progressive Era

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Register to read the introduction… American citizens at the time were looking for leaders to bring about change to unethical business practices. In a speech by Theodore Roosevelt on February 22, 1912, he believed in providing “direct nominations by the people, including therein direct presidential primaries for the election of delegates to the national nominating conventions…” Roosevelt believed that people should have the final say in nominations and elections and to discard the Electoral College because it was an “indirect vote through an untrammeled Electoral College.” However, these ideas were never put into place even though they came from an influential progressive of the time. In the voting numbers of presidential elections from 1900 through 1920, the numbers show a slight drop in the percentages of eligible voters who voted in each election. The poll shows that the eligible voters of the early 20th century were not involved in the country’s voting process at the time. Presidential candidates failed to unite party ideals and were too busy focusing on winning the election. In the first term of Roosevelt’s presidency, he was not concerned with reform but winning over voters for reelection in the 1904 campaign. One my come to think that maybe that if Roosevelt’s idea of reorganizing the political process the way he explained in his speech in 1912, the percent of eligible voters casting votes would have not dropped off so much by 1920. These documents both stated the need for political reform with the progressive ideals of Roosevelt and the lowering percentages in each election. However, the progressives failed to unite the party’s ideas for reform in the politics of the early 20th …show more content…
However, the progressive era failed to unite ideas into one major progressive party which led to the decrease in citizen involvement in politics of the early 20th century. In addition, the progressives failed to enact any major policies besides the Women Suffrage Act that would help the social status of women, African Americans, or children in factoires. Overall, the progressive era was successful in changing the way American Industry worked but fell short of making any large reforms for the social standings of certain Americans and the political

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