The Progressive Movement In The Late Nineteenth Century

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The Progressive Era was a time of reform and rapid growth. Progressives like Jane Addams, Upton Sinclair, and Jacob A. Riis fought for change that would better America. Leaders of the Progressive movement used letters, speeches, and observations to engage the American population. The changes they sought to make would no longer go unnoticed. American cities were rapidly growing in the late Nineteenth Century, which led to new problems. Immigrants from all over were flocking to the big cities of the U.S. Many of the problems (i.e. housing, food regulation, space) can be attributed to overpopulation and a lack of resources. As the cities began to increase their populations, they were unable to sufficiently facilitate the growth. Therefore, the American cities in the late Nineteenth Century lacked basic human resources: space, food, and shelter. Jane Addams and Upton Sinclair did not shy away from these problems during the Progressive movement; they exposed the flaws within the current system. They both addressed the problem directly. Jane Addams movement led to settlement-house workers moving into the poor neighborhoods. Similarly, Upton Sinclair made…show more content…
Addams saw the Settlement Housing movement as “an effort to add the social function to democracy” (Addams). At that time, democracy had not asserted itself in social affairs, leaving the cities divided by rich and poor. Jane Addams argued for this movement because she believed it was “an experimental effort to aid in the solution of the social and industrial problems which are engendered by the modern conditions of life in a great city” (Addams). Addams saw this movement as an attempt to relieve the problems of the late nineteenth century. She was so adamant about the movement because the entire whole must advance for the improvements of one man to be

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