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America and Progressive Reform. The Pressures of Progressive Reform 1900-1920. Reform Pressures. By the year 1900 The United States was a major world player. Industrialization, Urbanization and Immigration were all factors in increasing the wealth of the nation.

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America and progressive reform

America and Progressive Reform

The Pressures of Progressive Reform 1900-1920


Reform pressures
Reform Pressures

  • By the year 1900 The United States was a major world player.

  • Industrialization, Urbanization and Immigration were all factors in increasing the wealth of the nation.

  • These advances did however bring about negative changes.

  • These negative effects brought on calls for reform.


Effects of business practices
Effects of Business Practices

  • The corporate world grew increasingly wealthy and powerful.

  • Monopolies limited competition, thus creating unfair business practices

  • Price gouging and waste full practices were accepted

  • Social Darwinism


Conditions for industrial workers
Conditions for Industrial Workers

  • Conditions were barely tolerable

  • 60 hour work weeks on unsafe machines

  • Getting hurt led to getting fired

  • Very low wages especially for women and children

  • No job security


Life for the urban poor
Life for the Urban Poor

  • The gap between the rich and the poor began to grow more rapidly than in the past.

  • Slums & poor conditions along with crime and starvation was common.


Lack of strong effective government reforms
Lack of Strong, Effective Government Reforms

  • Both Federal and State Governments did not commit effective reforms to deal with problems

  • Corruption and laissez – faire attitudes did nothing to help the situation


Goals of the progressive movement
Goals of the Progressive Movement

  • Protect social welfare

  • Promote moral improvement

  • Create economic reform

  • Foster efficiency


Bibliography
Bibliography

  • http://www.history.ohio-state.edu/projects/uscartoons/GAPECartoons.htm - Slides 3,5 & 6

  • http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/childlabor/

    Slide 4


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