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The Progressive Era was the period from 1890s to the 1920s. This historical movement was fueled by the middle class (e.g. doctors, lawyers, teachers); mainly those living in the cities. The country was growing and moving forward, yet, many Americans were falling behind. Poverty rose, big corporations became corrupt, and the minorities wanted to be treated equally. The Progressive Era led to America into a new realm with more amendments to the United States Constitution, social improvements for women suffrage and minority equality, and economic change in regard to regulations of big corporations.
The political reform of the Progressive Era forced the government to get involved and make changes to the Constitution. The creation of Amendments sixteen, eighteen, and nineteen were formed to aid with social and economic problems in America. America was in a struggle between the rich and poor and the Income Tax Amendment was to bring relief to the working class. Amendment eighteen (prohibition) was enforced because it was believed that alcohol ruined American families. The nineteenth Amendment gave women the right to be seen equal to men; the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony was the leading member of the women’s suffrage crusade. President Theodore D. Roosevelt used his political influence to regulate big business, control labor disputes, and extend America across the world. He utilized his power as President by using the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890 – power to break up company monopolies. The political portion of the Progressive Era benefited the middle class with the Income Tax Act, women’s right to vote, and the political power of President Roosevelt to break down big business firms.
Social improvements in the Progressive Era arose with woman’s suffrage and equality for minorities. Ida B.Wells, an African American woman, was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); she fought for her race and gender. Ida Wells joined forces with another African American, W.E.B. Dubois. Mr. Dubois wrote a declaration against the Atlanta Compromise – called the Niagara Movement. This movement wanted African Americans to stand up against humiliation, degradation and to not remain inferior to other races. With the country moving forward, many other Americans were unable to keep up financially. Upton Sinclair exposed how the poverty lived...

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