1890-1920 Analysis

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In many ways when people think of a progression it is seen as a forward motion and in many ways the United States did this from 1890-1920. But in many other ways there was much regression when it came to workers rights, health, living situations, corruption and income. The United States was in a period of immense growth, and was slowly becoming a stronger nation but sadly, this period was not the best for everyone, especially immigrants and poor families. From the outside it looked like the States were thriving, but there were many who were suffering at the hands of this immense progression. These changes were concentrated around the cities and many people around lived in cities during this time of engineering, increased morals, and immense…show more content…
They created many ideals about what a family should be like. There was also a push to have more intellectuals in society, such as those who were educated. For many there was a desire to help “save” those that needed it but, “they genuinely believed they were doing the right thing, even if it was at the expense of working people and the poor” (McCormick Lecture Slides).
After a while, people had begun to see the downturn in the morale of people and the downturn of the city of Chicago itself. To implement changes, many different types of reforms were created to help the people. The main focuses of reform were on the work place, health, housing, environment, and government. Each of these issues were met with different types of reforms from 1890-1920 and beyond (McCormick Lecture). But it should still be known that yes, these reforms helped the United States citizens, but they were not complete fixes. As always, there is certainly more that can be
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In Sin in the Second City, we read about the first-hand accounts of preachers that entered brothels to try and “save” those in the brothels. They would hold gatherings to preach what they believed, but many times they were greeted with distain. One of these ministers was Ernest Bell, when he would preach he was met with an egg to the face quite often and other terrible things (O’Mara 130). During this era there were over 1,000 brothels in Chicago alone and trafficking was an issue. But due to the corruption and profitability the Levee was able to prosper for many
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