Although the Progressive movement was highly influenced American politics, it was only effective during the terms of certain presidents and over certain people. Presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt were all presidents that used the Progressive movement to influence American politics. They all believed that moral reform, an expansion of democracy, and regulation of the economy was the goal for America. Throughout all of their terms, each president changed and added to American society and politics based off of the Progressive view. Theodore Roosevelt was the first Progressive president who made huge adjustments to the American political system while in office.
Woodrow Wilson wanted to ratify a treaty that would be in favor of nations across Europe, as well as the United States. Woodrow Wilson was an advocate for a peaceful world, and had high hopes that this treaty would solve many of the issues between nations across the globe. While this is a wonderful dream, the way Wilson wanted to go about it was not in favor of the countries he was working with. In the History Alive! Textbook, it is stated that “The inclusion of a war-guilt
He was criticized for urging African Americans to avoid political action and militant organizing. W.E.B. Du Bois, thought this strategy would continue white oppression, so he advocated political action and protest. Also, he taught it was the responsibility of “The Talented Tenth” to steer the majority away from contamination; whereas, Booker T. Washington thought more individualistic in his idea that we all must take it upon ourselves to become educated. Washington’s teachings were accepted by whites because they agreed African Americans should gain respect through education.
The “Progressive Movement was an early-20th century reform movement seeking to return control of the government to the people, to restore economic opportunity, and to correct injustices in American life.” (Danzer R54). The Progressive Era marked the end of the “Gilded Ages” and a start of a new era. The Progressive Era started in 1901 in the United States (Fagnilli 26). There were many major reforms in the Progressive Era that altered and advanced American society. Some of these advancements included urban problems such as working conditions, slums, and poverty, political corruption, economic problems, injustice and social issues affecting people, and the morality of Americans (Fagnilli 26).
He made some really good points and had logical reasoning behind all of his ideas. I just think that W. E. B. Du Bois had a better plan on how to achieve their shared goals. Blacks should not have been forced to wait for political and social equality, as Washington suggested. They had already waited long enough, they had been enslaved for far too long and denied their natural rights.
Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. In that period, Washington was considered the voice of the black masses. His message was one of compromise between blacks and whites; he believed that the African American minority had to accept the social separation of the two races, if they wanted to persuade the whites to give them more economic opportunities. He also thought that blacks had to show whites how valuable they were and to this end their literature had to be filled only with great African American characters, not simple and truthful black peasants.
With President Wilson as the leader of America, he would have to make sure it was for the good of all mankind and not just America itself. Throughout his address to congress, Wilson appeals at different points to being human, mankind, and the freedom of people. This is also where the idea of the United Nations comes to light, at the time called League of Nations. The idea was that America would pursue the highest wishes of mankind for the best interest of the world. Even though the speech itself gives off the message that Americans should remain neutral in the war, Woodrow’s speech also gives the idea that this means the United States has to guide other nations in restoring justice and peace to the world against Germany’s selfish interest and power hungry war acts.
Du Bois focuses on Booker T. Washington's rise to success, and what his rise meant both for America and for the American Negro. Washington, a well-known American of African family origins, came to popularity in the country after Americans had begun to feel serious about the treatment of African-Americans. Du Bois argues that radicals saw Washington speech as an act of giving up in a fight to the white race. Washington believed that the African-American needed to focus on personal development. Washington had asked for African-Americans to give up their right to vote, to free speech, to fair and equal treatment, etc.
The progressive era which lasted from 1890-1920 in American society was the institution of radical reforms brought about by the millions of Americans involved in volunteer organizations across the country. During this time Americans worked to create solutions to the problems caused by the rapid industrialization and urbanization of the country. The progressive era was not a single movement, but rather a collection of movements all of which were intended to improve the lives of Americans. This was a truly remarkable time for women and the end of the era would see almost universal women’s suffrage with the passing of the nineteenth amendment in 1920. The success of the progressive era can be contributed, at least in part, to the large participation of women in these volunteer organizations across the country.