Unit 8 DBQ Essay

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Cameron Richter
Period 0
Unit 8 DBQ
Prompt: Evaluate the effectiveness of Progressive Era reformers and the federal government in bringing about reform at the national level. In your answer be sure to analyze the successes and limitations of these efforts in the period 190­1920. The Progressive movement was an effort to cure American society of many of the ill ideals that had developed during the later parts of the 19th and the early 20th centuries because of the growth of industry. Although great cities and businesses developed, many Americans were still unhappy with the wealth, optimism, and pride their country had developed. The progressive era reformers and federal government helped to strengthen the progressive reform era
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The muckrakers even brought their issues to the courts in order to accomplish their goals. In Hammer v. Dagenheart in
1918, any products being produced by child labor were made illegal to transport between states.
This was a huge step for the reformers as one of their main goals was to stop corporations from exploiting the people. The final problem that the muckrakers attempted to deal with was racial inequality. In
The Crisis
, W.E.B. DuBois, a very influential reformer argued that the United
States had accomplished so much in its short life, yet it is ultimately shameful because of its treatment of blacks. DuBois as well as other muckrakers brought the plight of African Americans to attention and helped bring reforms to them. Without the mucrakers, American society would surely be different than it is today.
Education and voting reforms, including women’s suffrage and electoral reform, were also big factors among the progressive era reformers. Education was beginning to be overrun by

industry and business at this time. Jane Addams in
The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets asked,
“Are the educators so caught up in admiration of the astonishing achievements of modern industry that they forget the children themselves?” Education was starting to be seen as important again since society had previously been taking advantage of kids to work in factories or for a business since

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