Progressive Era

Progressive Era

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  • Labor Issues
  • Previously, Workers were forced to work long hours with unsafe working conditions with little pay
  • Back to work!
  • Many horrific accidents occurred, especially in the steel industry, resulting in the deaths of large number of workers...
  • President Theodore Roosevelt Championed progressive investigations so that these issues would be resolved...
  • Safer work conditions will stop these deaths
  • Very well
  • By 1906, many safety regulations were beginning to be enforced, allowing for less accidents and deaths in the workforce
  • Immigration continued to increase during the progressive era. Many unskilled workers from Europe and China began to come to the U.S. for jobs
  • Immigration and Urbanization
  • I have no room to live!
  • Move over!!
  • Although they were able to find work, this mass immigration into cities was causing housing to become more crowded and unsanitary. This was perpetuated because their wages were hardly enough to maintain their current living situation giving them no way to leave the slums
  • Because of the increase in tensions and need for improvements, progressives began to push for laws that would improve the conditions and set a standard for the average working family. As a result, laws were passed in order to improve the living conditions of those in the workforce.
  • Women were not initially afforded the same rights that men were entitled to. This became more apparent as time went on and tensions began to build to their highest during the progressive era..
  • Women's Rights
  • Women began to form together and create groups such as NAWSA, that would fight for women's suffrage as well as equal rights. They wanted to work jobs and vote like the men of their country did
  • After years of effort and the arrest of many innocent women, Woodrow Wilson caved and supported the rights of women. By 1920, the 19th amendment to the constitution was ratified, allowing women the right to vote.
  • Prior to the Progressive Era, the government had little involvement in terms of business and regulating the economy. At this time the difference in quality of life between the lower and middle class was inconceivably large.
  • Government Reforms
  • I didn't see anything
  • Progressive reformers began to push the government to have a larger involvement in regulating the economy and dealing with social inequity. The governmental role in the United States began to shift and the government began to take on a larger role in these issues.
  • You've opened my eyes
  • An increase in crime rate and corruption led to the instatement of "Prohibition" which made it illegal to drink alcohol in the United States.
  • Prohibition
  • Alcohol accessible
  • Unfortunately for the U.S. the introduction of prohibition only increased the already apparent issues, as well as introducing new ones. Prohibition increased the public desire for alcohol and caused a large amount to be sold illegibly under the nose of the government
  • Because of this, it was later overturned and alcohol was legal once again.
  • During the Progressive Era, corruption was beginning to become a larger issue within the United States Government.
  • Muckrakers/Crusaders
  • Writing to expose this corruption to the public
  • *Corrupt Agenda*
  • As a result, reporters known as Muckrakers began to make it their job to expose the corrupt acts of governmental figures to the public
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