If I could choose any historical time period to live in, I would choose to live in the time period of the Progressive Era. The Progressive Era strikes me as particularly interesting as it was a time when creativity and inventing was flourishing. Many new inventions were developed between the years of 1890 and 1920. Some of these iconic inventions include the stop sign and smoke detector, both of which were invented in invented in 1890, the semi-automatic shotgun and vertical filing cabinet, both invented in 1898, as well as grocery bag and hydraulic brake, invented in 1918. If I could go back in time and live in the Progressive Era, I would like to be a writer or inventor.
The Second Wave was a very powerful, social, and political movement that bettered the lives of women. It extended from the outlook of the anti-war and civil rights movements and the increasing self-consciousness of many of the minority groups around the world. Similar to the anti-slavery movement that happened in the nineteenth century, the modern movement encouraged activism of all sorts. This lead to the rise of feminism in the mid to late 60s, especially community-based methods of women’s liberation, was based partly on young women recognizing sexism within much of the movements, largely made up of male-dominated groups like Students for a Democratic Society, among others. The voice of the second wave was increasingly sweeping the nation.
Women altered the inferior mindset they had lived with for the larger part of their lives. Currently women in the United States have what is believed to be equality. There is a woman running for president!! Without the tenacity and will of 19th century women's rights reformers, america could very well still view women as inferior.
When looking at history in America, many would not be proud of the maltreatment this country has placed on the black man. But during the 50s and 60s, African Americans were on the path to being seen as truly equal to white citizens. The year 1954 brought the end to segregation, 1964 brought an end to discrimination, and 1965 brought a start to representation. All three of these national laws and rulings provided a great impact on the civil rights movement, and can be seen
This movement not only involved with white suffragists, but also with the black suffragists; the whole event was concentrating on sex and racial equality. "As Stanton consistently put it, the republican lesson of the war was that popular sovereignty, the equal political rights of all individuals, preceded and underlay government and nations.... The belief that the right to vote was the individual 's natural right made the case for woman suffrage much stronger." (Dubois, 91) Stanton believed that through the lesion of equal political rights and individual’s natural right made the woman suffrage even stronger.
This is justified by, ‘the popularity of protest music in the 1960s was also fuelled by the massive social change that evolved from the Civil Rights Movement, the rise of feminism,’ (4) showing that many artists were also fighting for an ideological change in the way American citizens were treated by their country, namely African Americans and women, rather than only fighting against what they believed was an unjust war. Artists like James Brown (5) fought for black empowerment in American society. Brown’s song, ‘Say it Loud: I’m Black and I’m Proud’ (5) is described as being ‘an important document in the development of the Civil Rights Movement’ (5) due to its infectious rhythm and strong message about black pride and self-empowerment. Another example of a black artist is Aretha Franklin, who wrote songs about women rising up and demanding ‘respect’ (5) in the country in which she lived, both as an African American and a woman, as shown by her song title.
Despite that racial segregation in public schools became unconstitutional due to the notable Brown vs. Board of Education court case in 1954, that was merely the beginning of the transformation of American society and acceptance. Subsequently, the new racial movement allowed other minorities to have the courage to defend their civil rights. This was not only a historical moment for minorities, but for women as well. Women, regardless of race, revolted against oppression and traditions. To be politically correct was now discretional.
For most of the United States’ history, civil rights for the black community was essentially nonexistent. Most African-Americans were forced into slavery and the law rarely sided with them on matters that involved the majority. However, as time progressed the black minority was given more and more liberties. For example, during Abraham Lincoln’s time as President of the United States, slavery was abolished; however, the black community still did not have the same rights as the majority. Nearly 100 years later, the Civil Rights Movement was able to successfully make the government pass legislation that would give African-Americans the same rights as that of the majority.
In the 1800s, African Americans were struggling to gain civil rights in public schools. African American students in schools were receiving separate but equal treatment. After several court cases, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and stated that "in the field of
Women were barred from certain jobs, and routinely (and legally) paid less for their labor” (171). This was life for women in the 1920’s compared to life for women today. What an excellent achievement to be proud of, women now doing unbelievable things, back then no one could or would have ever imagined the dreams women have accomplished today. At hand, there is still inequality between men and women. According to Wheeler, William, and Becker, Susan “In 1921, the NWP began to campaign for an equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, which would abolish all forms of gender inequality in the United States.
Poll taxes targeted the poor especially African Americans in the way of ineligibility to vote. At one point they were declared constitutional to the Supreme Court but brought much attention on the subject. But through hard work of many people thought the United States especially Governor Price of Virginia; men and women alike were able to convince the government of the poll taxed correction. This led to its demise in 1964 after the passing of the twenty-fourth amendment. Thus leading to future laws and rights being passed benefitting the voting system of all
One of the largest movements that lead to the addition of the 19th amendment was the women's suffrage, it was a movement lead by Susan B. Anthony and it was a movement to get women the right to vote. The 13th amendment abolished slavery after the Civil War, when the north and the south fought because of slavery, and the south tried to succeed from the union. And the 21st amendment repealed the 18th amendment for prohibition. Prohibition was abolished because people started making their own forms of alcohol, which included anything from rubbing alcohol to cleaners, and multiple people got very sick, so the 18th amendment was repealed by the 21st amendment.
The history.com’s staff explains the stages that the women of the past went through to gain them the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920. Simplified the 19th Amendment is the right for the citizens of the United States to be able to vote and not be denied by the United States or by any State on account of their sex. It talks about when the 14th amendment was ratified in 1868, it granted all citizen the right to be able to vote. But they defined “citizen as male”, giving the right to vote to the black men. Because of this many women, including Susan B. Anthony rallied and protested the 15th amendment, believing that it could push lawmakers into making it so that women could vote along with the men.
Before the United States Constitution was changed, the thirteen states went by the Articles of the Confederation. The Articles of Confederation was considered weak because it had too many flaws. There was no power of a nation over taxation, as well as no power over the trading of goods. Under the Article of Confederation each state had the power to make their own money, collect their own tax as well as make its own militia. A Philadelphia Convention wanted to correct the weaknesses of the Article but many of its delegates wanted to create a whole new government instead of fixing the old one.