Compare And Contrast The Progressive Reform Efforts Of The Gilded Age

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The Progressive Reform Efforts from the 19th Century helped attempt to fix the many problems of the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age was when economic growth in the United States skyrocketed, surpassing the US ahead of Britain. The Progressive Reform Efforts from the 19th Century were excellent and helpful in attempting to fix the many problems of the Gilded Age. The problems consisted of out-of-control monopolies throughout different industries, the entirety of the meat packing industry, and the living conditions of people, especially immigrants. During the Gilded age, the meat-packing industry was identified as one of the most disgusting and horrid food insures. At the time, the conditions of the meat packing industry included toxic chemicals in all the meats, how they were kept, and how they were packed. But, progressives such as Teddy Roosevelt made efforts to help it. One instance was when he pushed Congress to pass the Pure Food and Drug Act, which would significantly improve the industry. Document 1 explains how unsanitary and …show more content…

At the time, monopolies were incredibly overpowered, affecting the other companies in the industry. Document 3 shows how monopolies were overpowered but getting bigger and bigger. One example was the oil industry, which was run by one major company, the standard oil company. The image that is shown in document three portrays President Teddy Roosevelt trying to remove monopolies. In the cartoon, he is shooting a can of oil, a cow that portrays the meat industry, and a bird of coal. This shows how monopolies were such a big problem at the time because of how they got the president's attention. The historical context within document 3 shows how monopolies affected other companies that wanted to sell their product and flourish in the same marketplace. But, monopolies did allow the different companies to sell, which made it hard for the other companies to

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