Life During The Progressive Era

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The world before the first world war was a very different place. The automobile existed. Few people, however, owned one. As a result street traffic had many horses and buggies. The most common means of transportation was the bicycle. Indoor plumbing was still a rarity. Most lighting came from oil lamps. And heating came from coal fires. These produced very large amounts of dirt. Consequently, even homes of lesser means often employed maids. The decade was the Progressive era. People believed that with intelligence the correct answer to all problems could be found. Crusaders like Jane Addams tried to raise the living quality of poor people by teaching them better work habits. President Theodore Roosevelt used the power of the federal government

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