It arose to address many of the social problems that industrialization created and Focused on urban problems, working conditions, poor sanitation, and corrupt political machines.Progressives were native born, middle or upper class and college educated.
Journalist During the progresive era Journalists were called “muckrakers” because they exposed the filth of society.Upton Sinclair’s The jungle told about how bad the meat packing industry was and how corupt and how the government wasn't doing anything about it.People like Lincoln Steffens, Ida Tarbell, and Ray Stannard Baker were others who showed how corupt the progressive era was through politcal cartoons and writing and pictures.
The issues during progressiveism During the progressive era there were many issues. One issue was big business the government tryed to limit monopolies, get a 8 hour work day, minimum wage, safer working conditions and childlabor restrictions. Another was political rights. They tryed to get election reforms. They tryed to make government more responsicve to the people. Last was social justice which was going to work on less poverty and apply science and technology to solve socail problems. Then in 1913 there was a fire that killed 140 people. Most of them were woemen and children. This fire was called the Triangle Shirt waist fire. This was a turing point for the reform and after the fire New York State passed the toughest fire safety laws in the nation.
Who were the progressives Many progressives were women. These women attended college mostly the middle or upper class women did. When women graduated from the colleges many of the professional they studied for denied them because they were women. Many women then took jobs as nurses to heal the wonded and treat the sick during this time.
Susan B. Anthony She Formed the National Women Suffrage Association. She Broke law by voting for a representative to the united states congress.She went to the supreme court to plead her case. The court ruled that even though women were citizens, citizenship did not give them the right to vote.
Theodore Roosevelt Took office in 1901 and saw white house as a bully pulpit a power platform to publicize important and seek support for his policies. He brought new momentum to the Progressive movement.
William Taft Credited with the passing of the 16th amendment.
Woodrow Wilson Clayton Antitrust Act which extended the Sherman Antitrust Act . He also proposed the 19th amaendment which let women the right to vote.
Rights of African Americans In 1906 12 members of the African American 25th infantry were accused of going on a shooting spree in town. Roosevelt signed the papers discharging 167 African American soldiers. Not until 1972 that their rcords were corrected to read "honorable discharge". Woodrow Wilson opposed and anti- lynchuing law and maintained the matter should be dealt with at the state level. During Wilsons administraton congress passed a law that it was a felony for blacks and whites to marry in the District of Colubia. The out break of world war I in europe in 1914 brought an end to the progressive era.