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6. The Progressive Era emerged in the early twentieth century as a sharp contrast to the Gilded Age with the push for reforms in all areas of government and business. Discuss some examples of the excesses of the Gilded Age and proposed Progressive Era remedies. Did the Progressives achieve their goals of reigning in the robber barons,creating improved urban development, curbing the power of corporations, protecting consumers and consumer safety, and eliminating the excesses of westward expansion?Your response should be a minimum of 300 words.The Gilded Age was a period of history where there was huge economic growth with the increase in industrialization and increase in westward expansion. There was lots of political corruption during this time. There were issues with a small percentage of the American people becoming very rich and a huge amount of people living in poverty. Due to so many immigrants and people living at the poverty level the building of places for them to live was careless and substandard . One of the benefits of this era was the expansion of industries and railroads, but this was not without its own problems. The workers had awful unsanitary living conditions and extremely hazardous working conditions. The Progressive Era was a time when activist and reformers were responding to the poor treatment of people for the gain of others. They fought to have government regulate business, provide safety for the workers, ensure the consumers were not being taking advantage of, expose corruption and make America better. The Progressive Era

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