The Shocking Failure Of The Progressive Era

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The Shocking Failure of Progressives The Progressive Era was a time period that spanned from the 1890s-1920s. During this time, Progressives focused on fixing the several problems caused by industrialization and urbanization. During Industrialization, the growing of businesses resulted in many problems including the use of child labor, monopolies, bad working conditions, and the need for Indian land among many others. Progressives tried to fix these problems by passing laws and raising awareness. However, the Progressives only made some improvements and overall failed to reach their unrealistic goals.
The Progressives’ failure can be seen through the overall bad conditions and life endured by the lower class. One example of the harsh life of the lower class was the use of child labor. In an effort to end child labor, Progressives pushed for the passing of the Keating-Owen Child labor Act, which according to ourdocuments.gov: banned the sale of products from any factory, shop, or cannery that employed children under the age of 14… Although the Keating-Owen Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, the Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional (Document #4). The deeming of this act as unconstitutional allowed greedy industrialists to turn to the cheap help of children. Although this was good for the industrialists, it was unbearable for the children; the kids were practically stripped of their childhood and were unable to fully receive

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