Progressive Era
Updated: 4/7/2021
Progressive Era

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  • Prohibition
  • When the 18th amendment was added to the Constitution, prohibition began. The 18th amendment made it illegal to transport or sell alcohol in the United States. This caused for a increased rate of crime with people manufacturing and selling alcohol illegally and making secret bars. Over time Congress and the president realized that prohibition had many more bad consequences than good and President Roosevelt proposed the 21st amendment. Congress passed the 21st amendment which made it legal again to sell and manufacture alcoholic beverages. Which helped stimulate the economy more and helped pull us out of a depression.
  • Muckrackers/Crusaders
  • During the progressive era many leaders and corporations were corrupt in different ways. Muckrackers were journalists who focused on exposing these corrupt politicians and business owners through media. Muckrackers also brought coverage on urban poverty and other issues that politicians overlooked to help raise awareness and spark change by the people. Muckrackers were very helpful to President Roosevelt when he wanted to work on reforming the country.
  • Women's Rights
  • In the late 1800's women such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton banded together with women and men across the country to protest and fight for women's right to vote. This took many years of a seemingly uphill battle, but thankfully in 1920 the 19th amendment was added to the Constitution giving women the right to vote in the United States.
  • Labor Issues
  • Immigration
  • Seeking a better life in America, immigrants poured into the country in high volumes during the late 1800's. Many coming from Asia and western Europe looking for job opportunities in America. Immigrants faced many problems such as poor living conditions and racism from the American people. Despite these hardships immigrants contributed in many positive ways into the economy and American culture.
  • Government Reforms