The New Order. Changes in America’s economy and society. Dictoglos.
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It is in hot weather, when life indoors is well-nigh unbearable with cooking, sleeping, and working, all crowded into the small rooms together, that the tenement expands, reckless of all restraint. Then a strange and picturesque life moves upon the flat roofs. In the day and early evening mothers air their babies there, the boys fly their kites from the house-tops, undismayed by police regulations...
Falling prices were due to the modernization of the practices of companies. Machines and other technology were making the production of goods cheaper than ever.
Poor wages and high costs of all goods made it very hard for many workers to live well.
Divide between the rich upper class and the poor working class was filled by the middle class.
Clerks, managers, college professors, small-business owners, clergy members, lawyers, and other professionals fell into this class.
Middle class felt threatened by both the upper and low class and felt that the values of America were being stripped away, began a movement to return to the economic opportunity, religious morality, political honesty, and social stability called the Progressive movement.