His role as a powerful social reformer resulted in an increased appeal to reform. The book he ended up writing, How the Other Half Lives, even caught future president, Theodore Roosevelt’s attention. Roosevelt began offering him jobs, claiming that he had “read [his] book and [he had] come to help” (Moore). The two teamed up; Riis taking Roosevelt to the slums to show him everything he explained in his book. Moved by the sights, the future president succumbed to his distraught conscience; he took action and “demanded that city officials pass the first significant legislation to improve the state of affairs in immigrant neighborhoods” (Moore).
Principal among his solutions was housing reform, not just the making of laws to limit the number of people who could be packed into a given living space, but also the destruction or renovation of old buildings. Riis also believed that the landlords must be subject to law and punishment for their malpractice. He suggest that the states have the power to regulate and control of overcrowding and that the tenements and the landlords set a fair ground between them. The following proposals mean that the landlords must set the rent at a reasonable price for both the tenants and the landlords, and provide appropriate repairs and necessities when needed. Accordingly, the tenants must show respect and take care of their home with proper treatment.
The Progressive Era was a time period of American history beginning with efforts at reform lasting from the 1890’s through the 1920’s, during World War I. Those years after the war marked the era of political transformation where progressive concepts of effectiveness and knowledge guided the government’s decision making. This brought many people and crowds to address politics with contradicting ambitions. By the end of World War I, political concerns changed and many leaders of the progressive era passed from the political stage by mid-1920.
The Progressive Era lasted from the 1890’s to the early 1920’s. It was centralized around socialism and political reform. One of the major changes that took place during this era, was the labor legislation. Many workers were working long shifts, for several days straight, making their work life just about unbearable, and unworkable conditions. The job environment had become to where it was unsafe, unsanitary, and unregulated conditions for very low wages. (America, pg. 847) Children were working underage as well, legislation was pushing or justice. It was then that children were banned from working under the age of 14 working outside the home. It was the democrats that pushed to pass the child-labor law. However, Congress passed the Keating-Owen
Progressive era (movement) had three presidents. Theodore (teddy) Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. Roosevelt reforms were to try to balance the activity of business, consumers, and laborers. He passed the Pure Food and Drug Act. He also used the Sherman Antitrust Act to break up monopolies. Roosevelt adjusted the railroad shipping rates. He also supported conservation. These acts were successful until William Taft. William Taft won the election of 1908 with the help of Teddy Roosevelt. After becoming the president Taft signed the Payne-Aldrich tariff reducing some imported good’s rates but raising others. Although, he was successful, this angered the printing press; they criticized Taft in the newspapers, which hurt Taft’s
The Other Wes Moore is a novel about two men named Wes Moore, who were both born in Baltimore City, Maryland with similar childhoods. The author, Wes Moore, describes the path the two took in order to determine their fates today. Moore, the author, is a successful scholar, decorated veteran, and a political and business leader, while the other, who will be differentiated as Wes, ended up serving a life sentence for murder. Within both of their life stories, the novel’s sensory, description, and metaphors, can be analyzed into a deeper meaning. Wes had been living his whole life in the streets of Baltimore, grew up fatherless and was left with a brother named Tony who was involved in drugs, crime, and other illegal activity.
The 1900s was a time period filled with political corruption, social inequality and injustice, discrimination, poor working and living conditions. The progressive movement resulted in response to these issues. Members and advocates of this movement were usually white (some blacks too), middle-class, Christian, college educated women (and men). They sought to achieve social justice through equality and enhance life in America for everyone. To further the nation’s democratic ideals, they hoped to incorporate reforms based on the expectations of the majority public. The Progressive Movement was a success because even though they lasted only for a short period of time, they achieved many things that today we are benefitting from, like for example
After the Civil War, our country was battered and beaten, but it rebuilt itself over time and spread its policies, as well as manufacturing practices, throughout our country. Early in the 20th century, members of our nation started to look at some of these practices and policies and began to question their merit and whether they assisted our population or not. Many people were involved in the progressive movement in America from the presidents to a slew of popular authors and photographers. The one thing that they had in common was that they saw problems with how various industries in our nation performed that they knew needed to be fixed. They did not always agree on everything, such as immigration, but they always had the nation’s best interest at heart.
In document 2 it shows how people are living in tenement buildings with small spaces. Tenement buildings don’t have that much space for many people to live in, and if someone gets sick everyone in that small space will get sick as well. Jacob Riis took these 2 photos from document 2 to show how the other half of the people live in tenement building and how they are suffering. The reformers method to achieve their goal is to establish the social organization centered in The Hull House. In document 7 it states that the poor will receive a helping hand whether they wish to educate themselves or to find work.
Overcoming a challenge, not giving up, and not being afraid of change are a few themes demonstrated in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Perhaps the most prominent theme derived from the novel is defying the odds, or in other words rising above the expectations of others. Junior Spirit exemplifies this theme throughout the entirety of the book. As Junior is an Indian, he almost expects that he will never leave the reservation, become an alcoholic, and live in poverty like the other Indians on the reservation—only if he sits around and does not endeavor to change his fate. When Junior shares the backstory of his parents, he says that his mother and father came from “poor people who came from poor people who came from poor people, all the way back to the very first poor people” (11).
Audience: People ignorant about the struggles of homelessness and would rather make homeless people “disappear” than help them Message/Goal of this piece: Addressing the issue of homelessness and raising awareness to this program as an alternative to making it a crime to be living in poverty. It shows that chromic homelessness can be solved Behaviors/ Aspects of society being satirized: The treatment and attitude towards homelessness and homeless people e.g. banning, arresting, and giving them fines. This piece shows the ridiculousness of the anti-homeless argument and that they are lazy moochers undeserving of help. People who would rather spend to criminalize homelessness than use the same time/money/resources to help fix this problem Background
The topic of interest that will be presented in this paper will be that of Homelessness. Homelessness is a worldwide issue that affects the lives of many people. Although it is mostly found to be present in Third World countries, many citizens across the United States face it and are suffering from it as well. From families to veterans and even children Homelessness can happen to anyone as a result of many different events/for many different reasons. Through this topic we will be able to examine the McKinney Vento Act of 1987 and how it affects Homelessness in the U.S..
Goodman 4 Richard Goodman English Comp II S. Cravens 5 March 2018 Ending Homelessness Homelessness is everywhere and it’s a growing problem in America. There are many reasons in which become homeless, and many of us ask ourselves should we help the homeless. We must remember that they are people too, and some time or another in life we all need help, even then homeless. In order to end or prevent homelessness, there are a number of things we must fix, the main thing being the affordable housing.