Synthesis Essay: The Progressive Era

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The Progressive Era From 1890 to 1920, the progressives intended to change society by addressing the issues presented. The Gilded age had germinated corruption in businesses, the government and poverty. Big businesses controlled various industries, harming the rest of America. Women's suffrage, sexual inequality had to be addressed. Social issues such as working conditions, child labor, and alcohol and crime worried the people. Working Conditions had created social insecurity and health issues. As expressed in document B, Florence Kelley said, “Farther protection for the life and health of these children is needed; it can, however, be obtained only by legislation” The legislation had no restriction from ending child labor or for at…show more content…
“ We women of America tell you that America is not a democracy. Twenty million women are denied the right to vote” - Alice Paul. Women were only perceived as a man’s property, there was an abysmal social difference between men and women. Women couldn't vote; however America was still declared a Democracy. Women decided to picket outside of the White House; these women were arrested and put in prison. In the film Iron Jawed Angels a particular statement was given throughout a scene “In prison or out American women are not free” According to this statement, regardless of their stability inside or outside prison for those women who were imprisoned American women were not freed from social injustice. Woodrow Wilson declared war in 1917, The United States of America officially entered the war. Women worked hard and persistently petitioning the government for their right to vote. After the hunger strikes realized by imprisoned suffragists, and after women contributed to the war efforts the 19th Amendment passed in 1920. As part of a Progressive reform women’s suffrage was addressed and they were given the right to

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