The goals of progressive reforms were limiting the power of large companies, political reform, reducing poverty and reducing the social inequality. Progressive reforms rejected the idea of Social Darwinism and appealed for compulsory education, better housing, higher wages, works laws protecting childhood from exploitation. Reforms were not only coping against the urban machines, the spoil system and trusts like the standard oil, but were also claiming for more government intervention to solve social and economic
The League of Women Voters was founded in the year 1920 with the goal of ensuring women’s involvement in elections and fostering women’s suffrage. Over time, the organization’s focus has changed in the following areas discussed below: a. Protecting Voters: The organization is focused on ensuring that all eligible voters including people from underrepresented communities, young people that may or may not have college education, new citizens, people from low-income backgrounds are able to find enough information about election. It also seeks to protect and expand voting rights by supporting early voting, online registration, and confirming the pro-voter laws are followed.
Some reforms that have been built around the promise of public interest are the prison institutions, businesses, political machines, and voting rights. Before their reformation, these systems were oppressing minority communities from thriving. Before there was a prison system, citizens who chose not to follow the law were brutally punished. Then during the 1800s, the early stages of prison systems were developed.
The ballot initiative process is a primary way for Californians to participate in direct democracy. Ballot initiatives allow voters to voice and/or pass a proposed statute or constitutional amendment. Proponents resort to the initiative process for two main reasons. First, proponents view initiatives as a way to bypass the legislature; after the legislature has rejected their proposal, proponents believe they can achieve a more desirable outcome by appealing directly to the people (Rarick, 138). Second, proponents use the initiative process to prevent reversal by future legislatures.
Reform movements spread throughout the country during the nineteenth century like wildfire alongside and often in conjunction with the Second Great Awakening. During this era the abolitionist movement, struggle for women’s and worker’s rights and the temperance movement came with the desire for social betterment and reform. Many of these societies and movements involved the ideology of the American Revolution with ideas of individual freedom, liberty, equality and also the respect for personhood. While many of the social reform movements in the first half of the nineteenth century had an element of moralism the temperance movement was steeped in it. It was believed that with drinking came “poverty, crime, illness, insanity, battered and broken
The United States faced many serious social problems in the early 19th century that concerned the reformers during the time. These problems not only gradually broke the society apart, but also eroded the democratic foundation of the nation. Understanding the seriousness of the problems, leaders from different areas expressed their serious concerns over social issues, including lawlessness, violence, immortality and poverty. These problems happened across the nation. For example, crime rates in New York City including juvenile delinquency and mob violence rose rapidly.
On the one hand progressives wanted social justice. For example, they wanted women to be able to have the right to vote and they wanted to limit the power of business to exploit its workers. On the other hand, they wanted to achieve social control. The most obvious instance of this was their push for Prohibition. This was meant to force people to act like middle-class "native" Americans were supposed to.
Paradox of Social Democracy Table of Contents Introduction 2 Main context 2 Conclusion 2 References 3 Introduction In later 60s in Paleolithic days few red blooded drastic events would had been caught dead within the Democratic Party. The period was the era of anti imperialist and student movements, of the SDS, of SNCC, of militant black movement, Black Panther party, league of the revolutionary black worker and the nascent rank filing movements among public and industrial service workers (Inston, 2010). Main context
The Progressive era, between the years 1895-1920, involved a group called the Progressives, who were single-cause crusaders, incredibly diverse, middle-class female reformers who wanted a better society. They focused on urban societies who wanted to preserve democracy and a free market. They wanted to “Americanize” the citizens of the United States; they also thought that the political parties were corrupt and were very protective of women and children. What began as a social movement came to be a political movement. Many of the Progressives lived in the cities and believed that the government had some impact on the changes that they want go through.
In my opinion, the progressive reformers were motivated by their aspiration to do something regarding the discrimination that existed between businesses and the laborers. They sought social justice; they wanted civic engagement. There was an enormous push against corruption and big corporate monopolies that came out of the industrialization movement and then the other side of the progressive movement was the attempt to make government more scientifically sound. All of these activists saw European countries using new economic theories, political science and realized that America was falling behind. They wanted the U.S. to be up to date on the latest medicine, education and science.