The Progressive Movement

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Professor Atkins Mid-term Exam What was the Progressive movement? Explain some Progressive policies and ideals while also discussing some of the leaders of the Progressive movement and their role in American society. With in the last quarter of the 18th century to the middle of the 19th century industrial growth spurred both positive and negatives with in American society. In an effort to cure society of these wrong doings, a movement took place which became a period of widespread social activism and political reform known as the Progressive movement. Many goals of this movement included reforming government and the acts in which they performed. American society is no stranger in efforts to improve as depicted in the early 1800s when a major…show more content…
Beginning in 1903 W.E.B. Du Bois started the fire when striking up controversy in his publication of “ The Souls of Black Folk”, in which a call to action to strengthen civil rights was apparent. Six years following the NAACP was founded represented by both black and white activists. Focused on the equality of african american population in wages, society, and combatants. With the help of the Women’s rights Movement, not only supporting African American rights, but that of women helped pair these organizations to influence society for the better of all mankind. Margaret Sanger opening the door, for women to be in control of their own bodies, literally. In 1916 Brooklyn the first birth control clinic was opened giving women a choice in what they want for themselves. Suffragists rallied all over the states expressing their right to free speech, fighting for Women’s Suffrage until 1920 when the nineteenth amendment ratified their rights. Women having played a major part in the wars found strength in numbers and with writers such as Jane Addams the inspiration was…show more content…
With the progressive era originating in response to problems caused by rapid industrialization and urbanization, resulting in the sprouting of different groups expressing their rights, and vying for more regulation in order to maintain and protect these rights. The movement focused on the people, finding ways to create a society of well embodied people to have a voice in their government as well as their way of life no matter the color, gender, or
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