A Generation of Reformers

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A Generation of Reformers Early 1890’s
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America’s Growth Cities grew larger Larger businesses Untouchable wealth Bigger problems Housing Food Corruption Crime
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Progressives Looked to government to solve problems Believed in efficient government It could protect public interest Restore order in society Believed experts could solve the problems of the society
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Education College enrollment way up (10 fold increase from 1870 to 1920) New departments (economics, political science, sociology) analyzing human society Lester Ward Applied scientific method to human problems Argued that people can change their social environments – with the help of government
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Muckrakers Writers Interested in challenging the powerful Long investigative articles on Exploitation of child labor by wealthy corporations Police corruption Prestigious churches
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Ida Tarbell Famous Muckraker
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