HST112 Midterm #5

HST112 Midterm #5 - Joe Littman History 112 Professor...

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Joe Littman History 112 Professor Jackson 17 October 2010 Question 5 The Progressive Era in America brought about vast constitutional reform. The driving forces behind these reforms were a general feeling that the United States needed to reform the political process, with an emphasis on increased political participation, and the idea that the United States needed to protect its citizens through laws prohibiting them from doing harmful things. The Progressive Movement introduced the notion that “Prohibition substituted social control for self-control, advocating the use of government to enforce principals and habits of personal abstinence” (McDonagh). This idea that citizens had lost self control brought about the support and eventual adoption of the 18 th Amendment, which banned alcohol in the United States. As a way to reduce governmental corruption, the Progressive Movement worked to increase the power of the average voter: “Progressivism was typically embattled against machine rule, and inspired by
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