Effects Of The Progressive Era

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HIST 1302W Midterm Introduction Throughout the history of the United States of America, the people, society, business, and governmental roles have varied tremendously. Looking at America now, Thomas Jefferson would not recognize the nation in which he was formerly president of, seeing it as something completely foreign from what it was like when he was living. While many large scale changes have obviously occurred since the eighteenth century, there are many other not-so-obvious changed that have occurred within the last one hundred years. Some changes even occur over very small time periods, such as the various changes that occurred during the Progressive Era. In fact, many of the societal norms, business regulations and governmental programs…show more content…
The transition period that America underwent while becoming the modernized western civilization that it is today involved numerous technological advancements and ideological advancements paired with disagreements and compromises. One period in American history that saw remarkable changes was the period from the late nineteenth century to the mid-early twentieth century. In this period, societal changes were rampant as a result of the widespread progressive movement. As the progressive movement came to a crawl in the 1920s, economic prosperity began to drop and the Great Depression followed. With the coming of the Great Depression in the 1930s was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. The New Deal addressed issues of wealth inequality, unemployment, and inadequate living conditions. While these two eras in history seemingly occurred an inconceivable time ago their impacts together have created the America…show more content…
This dramatic change in where people were living resulted in many changes in American society and the way that people were governed. With the integration of many people of all races and socioeconomic statuses, conflict was inevitable. Discrimination and segregation against African-Americans and other races, such as Irish immigrants, became more pronounced in larger cities. Poverty and poor living conditions were also common, especially among “lesser” races. In order to address these societal issues, groups such as the NAACP were founded and social settlement houses began to spring up. Distinguished African- Americans such as W.E.B. Du Bois spoke out strongly against discrimination (Jones et al. 2012, 484). The white hatred for African-Americans can be seen in Du Bois’s article titled “Of Wealth and Work” in which he states, “Deeper was the call for workers. Black men poured in and red anger flamed in the hearts of the white workers” (Du Bois). The article expresses the profound hate that whites felt toward minority groups in urban areas such as St. Louis, Missouri. Through the leadership of people like Du Bois and the help of large, anti-discrimination organizations, minorities have progressed through time and have crushed many of the social barriers that once kept them
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