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Running head: DEMOCRACY THROUGH REFORM MOVEMENTS1Dealing with Diversity in America from Reconstruction through the 1920sTanrique MorrisonProfessor Alan RogersAmerican History after 1865(HIS 105)October 17,2018
DEMOCRACY THROUGH REFORM MOVEMENTS2Democracy through Reform MovementsAfter the American Civil War, the US was in a period of reconstruction that sought to improve the economy, which had been devastated by conflict. It is during this period that slavery had ended, and as such, the freed slaves were part of the general population though with much prejudice still against them. The system needed something to push forward the needed reforms. However, these new reforms were met with challenges of an extremely diverse America with each group having its needs. Despite the large disparity in the population, several groups came forward to aid in the development process of the nation. It is evident that amidst the chaos, reform movements between 1865 and 1930 like the progressives and agrarian populists, generally led the way to increased democracy.