Hist._Progressive_Movement and Roosevelt [1]

Hist._Progressive_Movement and Roosevelt [1] - Ramirez 1...

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Ramirez 1 The Progressive Movement The Progressive Era was a period of change and reform that took place in the United States from the 1890s to the early 1920s 1 . The progressives were made up of mostly middle class and republicans, and its goal was an effort to cure different problems of American society that developed and got out of hand during the eruption of industrial growth at the end of the 19 th century. The main goal of the progressive movement was to improve quality of life for the modern American, to increase social justice and to expand economic opportunity 2 . They wanted to “decontaminate” government, trying to expose and minimize political machines to destroy political power of local bosses based in saloons by supporting the prohibition act. The National political leaders for the Progressive Movement included on the Democratic side; William Jennings Bryan, Woodrow Wilson and Al Smith. On the Republican side Theodore Roosevelt, Robert La Follete, Sr. Charles Evans Hughes and Herbert Hoover. At the beginning, the movement was operating and trying to reform local government, education, medicine, industry, railroads and many other different divisions. Latter on and in a big part thanks to the Muckrakers 3 ; writers who addressed in detail different problems of poverty, dangerous work environment, and child labor 1 Class Notes, Dr John Biles. 2 The American Journey, fifth edition, pg 582 3 The American Journey, fifth edition, pg 584
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Ramirez 2 among other diverse problems of society, the progressive movement evolved to become a much larger organization dealing with state and national issues. This movement achieved many different goals, starting with the Interstate commerce act in 1887, and the Sherman antitrust act in 1890, followed by a conservation movement, a new railroad legislation and radical food and drug laws. It also added new legislations to the constitution such as prohibition and the extension of
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