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The Progressive Era is Here!

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Duncan Anderson

on 1 February 2015

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Transcript of The Progressive Era is Here!

The Progressive Era's pros and cons
Main Ideas of the Progressive Era
The Good and The Bad
How it Happened: The Progressive Process
Child Labor laws, working conditions improved, breaking up of trusts and monopolies
Economic growth in working and middle class
industrialization-larger variety, quantity and quality of products
Regulations on railroads and other companies
Initial poverty of many working class as well as working conditions and wages
Jim Crow laws were established to lower black voting rates
Prohibition created more drinking and crime rates rather than lowering them
Progressive action was accomplished then in ways similar to how action is accomplished today. People used organization, journalism, and political activism. While we may have the internet and social media, progress was made in much the same ways, and in some of the same issues.
One specific way was though muckraking- journalists finding dirt on social issues and reporting it, similar to whistleblowing today.
Monday, February 2, 2015
The Issue with Industry
From Gilded to Grotesque: The Progressive Era's Origin
The first stand against social inequality in the US
To Summarize: The Progressive Era
With the rise of industrialization, companies became bigger than ever before, and while this led to great economic growth, its wealth was concentrated at the top of the social pyramid. This gave rise to progressive action, where people tried to use group, individual, and sometimes government action to solve social and economic problems. Problems such as low wage, working conditions, product quality, and child labor were addressed, and government social programs became prominent.

Major unions and the NAACP were formed, and many laws such as the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act of 1906 were passed, as well as laws banning child labor. However, there was some of the opposite in terms of freedom. During this time, prohibition was enacted, and Jim Crow laws dominated southern poling places, despite the 15th amendment.
In short, the Progressive Era was an era of major pressure against many of the social inequalities and injustices that were created by the industrialism of the gilded age. While progress was achieved in some areas, it was slowed in others. Child labor laws were created, as well as product and factory quality standards, but the south remained plagued by Jim Crow laws.

The progressive era aspired to find a right balance between the government granting freedom while keeping workers and the populace safe from the free market system's rampant corporations.
The Progressive Era is Here!
Corporations should be monitored in order to protect workers and customers
Government by the people vs. Government by the intellectuals
Active government could help instead of hurt
Henry Ford found that raising wages resulted in a win-win scenario: he payed his workers $5 a day, which was unheard of. This resulted in the demand and production of model T's increasing by 20 times, and the halving of the model T price.
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