The Progressive Era Essay

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The progressive era started with a change people who didn’t like how things were going. They felt the rich got richer and the poor got poorer, and they set out to change it. Roosevelt taking down big business. People having more time for themselves so more entertainment such as sports, and music. The smaller people standing together in union fighting for the rights. Changes in laws for businesses, labor, food health, environmental health. Conservation stepping in for the first time and playing a big role. Conservation during the progressive era was helpful but also was hurtful. In the cities conservation was very helpful. The installation of sewer systems, street sweeping, regular garbage pickup, and better street lighting. Having to put…show more content…
The Newlands act of 1902 and the Inlands waterways commission of 1907 both helped gain money for the economy as well as helping the environment. The Newlands act of 1902 made irrigation projects then sold them to irrigate more land and do other projects like this. The Inlands waterways commission was focusing on transportation inland because the railroads weren’t big enough to transport everything, also they were focused on helping to keep the waterways clean and better. The economy benefited from these projects. The environment wasn’t helped with these new conservative ideas. The U.S, forest service tried new scientific principles to manage the health of forests. Some of these new scientific principles changed the ecosystem dynamics making the forest more susceptible to diseases. Game managers killed off predators so certain animals were now perdatorless. These animals populations skyrocketed, and a lack of food led to starvation and death. Conservation during the progressive era was helpful and hurtful. In the cities conservation was very helpful. Conservation wasn’t helpful for rural and poor people. Conservation was helpful for the economy. The environment wasn’t helped with these new conservative ideas. The progressive era along with conservatism was a 2 way street there was helpful, progressive, important ideas as well as hurtful, failed, lesson worthy
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