The Progressive Era

The Progressive Era

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  • The Social Gospel Movement was an early reform program that preached salvation through service to the poor. It inspired Christians to fulfill their responsibility to improve conditions of the less fortunate.
  • Settlement Houses were community centers in slum neighborhoods that provided assistance to people in the area, especially immigrants. The Hull House was the first settlement house in the U.S.
  • The YMCA was an organization that opened libraries, sponsored classes, and built swimming pools and handball courts.
  • The Salvation Army fed poor people in soup kitchens, cared for children in nurseries, and sent "slum brigades" to instruct poor immigrants in middle class values of hard work and temperance.
  • Jane Addams was one of the most influential members of the Social Gospel Movement. She was the founder of the very fist settlement house, the Hull house.
  • Florence Kelly became an advocate for improving the lives of women and children. She was a huge part in helping to prevent child labor.
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