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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/

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