“The Progressive Era and the Occupy Movement”

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Throughout the course of world history, it has always been human nature to become frustrated at the sight of others obtaining more power and wealth. In just the 236th year of our nation’s existence, there have already been several occurrences in which the general public was angered and moved to protest because of unfair distributions of wealth. As the transition into the 20th century gradually accelerated, corporate “criminals” and financial crises brought forth the first era of reform and societal change. As the United States sailed into the Roaring Twenties, income inequality and business corruption forced the federal government to enact change once again – this time in the form of Roosevelt’s New Deal. Presently, in the second decade of the 21st century, we are once again marked with a new round of social movements and protests: the Occupy Movement, dubbed by many as the “new Progressive Movement” (Sachs). With the public returning to familiar senses of accusations and criticism towards capitalist “tyrants”, a strong resemblance to the past Progressive Era of the early 1900’s cannot be overlooked. Although differences do exist between the two influential movements (most notably the roles held by both advanced technology and the federal government), the many similarities – the push for reform and the presence of economic inequality, for example – are indeed prominent. Pan 2 Arising near the end of the 1800’s – known primarily as the “Gilded Age” – the first signs of the new Progressive Era began to take hold after a significant financial crisis in 1893. As Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson took the reins of the presidency, several attempts to repudiate the power of the corporate moguls began to take place: federal income ... ... middle of paper ... .... Web. 23 Apr. 2012. . Muncy, Robyn. "Women and the Progressive Era." National Park Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 30 Mar. 1998. Web. 23 Apr. 2012. . "Prohibition in the Progressive Era." Progressive Era to New Era. Library of Congress. Web. 24 Apr. 2012. . Sachs, Jeffrey D. "The New Progressive Movement." New York Times 13 Nov. 2011, New York ed., SR6 sec. Print. "Sociologist Tracks Social Media's Role in Occupy Wall Street Movement." UNC Sociology. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Web. 27 Apr. 2012. .
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