Niagara Movement: The Niagara Movement was trying to make equal rights for black and white people. W.E.B. DuBois, and William Trotter helped organize, and run this movement. This movement was very strong, and it was different then the other movements because it was held higher and a lot of people were involved. This movement tried to make legal adjustments such as changing schools, and health so that all could be found equal in the law.
Many Americans were concerned about this, and believed that great change was needed in society to protect everyday people. As a result, these people, generally journalists, were called “reformers”. This reformative era was known as the Progressive Movement. However, through all the changes that were shaping America, one major group that was left untouched were the African Americans. African Americans suffered through many issues involving continual racism and segregation.
Throughout the early 19th century, changing politics and an evolving society in America impacted all classes of people, specifically the white working class. Jacksonian Democratic ideals was influenced by the working class, and the white working class benefited from President Jackson’s decisions. During the year of Jackson’s presidential election, the Workies, which consisted of working men, wanted to protect individuals who earned money from arduous labor, but failed to make payments punctually. Jacksonian Democrats realized the Workies language was valuable in the fact that beliefs of the Workies group echoed through Jackson’s party. The Workies focus and the ideas on the working class would “affect how Democrats framed their message for the American people.” Additionally, President Andrew Jackson supported the working class by providing new land for white working men.
In period 4, the national culture of the United States changed, and started to develop a modern democracy through new democratic ideals and changing their society to fit those ideals. There were many democratic ideals such as voting, the pursuit of happiness and justice and the colonies helped shape their society in many ways. One of the first democratic Ideal was voting. In the early 1800s, many politicians and government leader supported slavery, and they made voting rights to only men why were legally free. Socioeconomics, or the study of people in a certain region, place, or environment analyzing how they progress and change in their economy, and land ownership were large factors in deciding who could vote, so the poor working class
The need for blacks to have their own so called justice against prejudice in a nation they felt were not supporting them in becoming an equal part of a world which had struggled for the rights of blacks since slavery. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense were perceived as a militant organization unlike the Ku Klux Klan. Many of those in political power felt that the panther’s organization was the next uprising for blacks following Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X for civil rights. Huey Newton followed the approach of Malcom X in trying to achieve that all black were self-contained and become a working product of society. The Panthers were fighting for equal housing, jobs, employment, education, and an end of police brutality across the nation on blacks and their support of civil rights movement and equality for all blacks.
How do Americans expect to attain progress and create a better United States if these characteristics plague their everyday lives? The most efficient way to accomplish the change we need, is to support our government and, if needed, alter our current perspectives through educated research.
Progressivism was at its peak during the 1900s. Americans needed to improve major issues in their country that weren’t being assessed in earlier years. Progressives aimed to restore economic opportunities and correct injustices in American life. The people of the nation needed to push and get the attention of the federal government to make solutions. The reformers movements were very effective and solved problems involving corrupt business, child labor, and women 's suffrage.
The Progressive Movement fought against all forms of injustice. It came to be to fight against corrupt politics, political machines, “robber barons” and big business, poor working conditions in the more industrialized America, poor living conditions for the poor and middle class in the more urbanized society, etc. Women’s Suffrage, child labor reform, social reform i.e. discrimination, banking and labor reform, and the desire for prohibition helped promote and influence this movement as well. Their goals were aligned with said causes.
“The Progressive Era was a period of widespread social activism and political reform across the United States, from the 1890s to 1920s” (Wikipedia, 2016). During this time, Americans decided their political system needed to adjust to new conditions and they pushed for reforms in which they faced opposition. Because of this, they had to try different ways to achieve these reforms. During this time there was racial prejudice and elitism. Some of the reforms that were put in place at this time were the Progressive income tax and the Federal Trade Commission.
The Progressive Movement, which took place in the late 19th and early 20th century, started as social reform and morphed into a political platform. Religious groups, reporters and political activists all rallied around causes that they believed effected people who were weaker than those in power. Progressives wanted to improve social welfare and reform corrupt corporate and government practices. On the local, state, and federal level; progressivism provided the stage for public advocacy. The Progressive Movement is responsible for many of the reforms that affect our health, safety, and voice in the government.
The civil rights movement in the 1960s, lead by Martin Luther King Jr, was well executed compared to the black lives matter movement happening today. The Goals of the civil rights movement and the black lives matter movement are different, but they both come back to the same idea of equality. The major goals of the civil rights movement were to end segregation, equal access to jobs and housing, and fair voting rights. The black lives matter movement wants to end violent policing, the oppression of black people, and the racism in America (“About”). There is many reasons that the civil rights movement has had a larger effect on the government and their policy than the black lives matters have had.
This means that leaders have the power to set a positive environment for the citizens of America. Leaders can create a positive environment by showing that they care, giving recognition to the people who deserves it, putting their time and effort into different matters, and making sacrifices. The benefits of leaders setting a positive environment for the citizens is that it makes them (the citizens) want to work harder towards a goal, it creates a lasting loyalty between the leaders and the citizens, it would make it easy for the citizens to follow the leaders, helps build important relationships, and lastly it can leave a lasting impact on the leaders for the better. Simon Sinek also said that “people need other people to help them feel safe and valued”. From the statement one can conclude that it is a leaders’ job to help people, in this case the citizens of America, feel safe and valued.
• Sense of Mission: The Treaty of Versailles was a sense of mission or a goal that Wilson had for America by “making the world safe for democracy.” He had a strong desire to strengthen and improve other countries and in essence, the world. In his opinion, the great blessings that America enjoyed were something that every country should experience. Therefore he fought for the ratification of the Treaty as it would support his belief, with one of his strategies being the League of Nations. This was a step away from isolation and neutrality and America would become more involved in the affairs of other
Du Bois emphasizes on the importance of education to help improve society. I believe if we can learn from mistakes and realize what is going on with the world we can make the world a better place. Black leaders were on the rise and evoked an inspiration of change. In the novel, “the most significant event in African American history has been the rise of the educator, Brooke T. Washington, to the role of spokesman for (black) race” (30). Brooke served a person to the blacks and gave support to them when they were oppressed by society by giving them faith and hope.
Throughout the antebellum period of the newly founded United States, Americans saw a great need for change in society and sought options for reform that would better individuals as well as society as an entirety. There was a constant desire to change America and those ideals and values strongly impacted what America represents and is known for in today’s society. Specific examples given in the Jill Lepore reading “A is for American” and the Harriet Jacobs novel “Incidents of a Slave Girl”, such as communication and the institutions of slavery played significant roles in the reformation of American society as well as social reforms that were put into place for the betterment of society. The citizens of America at the time were focused on trying to promote individualism and the overall improvement of society. The way that this was done was through social reforms such as