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1 The Origins of Progressivism
Teresa Esquivel!  9.1 The Origins of Progressivism

2 The four goals of progressivism
Protection social welfare Promoting moral improvement Creating economic reform Fostering efficiency These together formed the progressive movement-aimed to restore economic opportunities and correct injustices in the american life! The four goals of progressivism

3 Protecting Social welfare!
The goal was to soften some of the harshness in the conditions. Churches and organizations helped build poor peoples voices and get them heard The YMCA opened libraries, sponsored classes, and built swimming pools and handball courts -Florence Kelly She became an advocate for improving lives of women and children..she was appointed chief inspector of factories for Illinois…. Illinois Factory Act this act prohibits child labor and limited womens working hours -Wich later became an influence for other states Protecting Social welfare!

4 Promoting Moral Improvement
Some people felt that the work place was not the issue..but that morality was to blame. If morality was fixed, it would improve the lives of poor people Prohibition, the banning of alcohol beverages The Womans Christian Temperance Union-(WCTU) spearheaded the crusade of prohibition. This group became the largest women’s group in the nations history. They followed the “do everything” slogan Promoting Moral Improvement

5 Creating Economic Reform
An economic panic in 1893 promoted some americans to question the capitalist economic system. As a result some people especially workers embraced socialism Big businesses usually got favorable treatment by the government and politicians. They got the power to limit competition by using economic power. Muckrakers- journalists that wrote about the corrupt side of business and public life in big magazines and news papers were known as this! Ida Creating Economic Reform

6 Many progressive leaders started counting on experts and scientific principles to make society more efficient The Oregon law limited women to ten hours of work a day They got more things done quicker and brought down the price of goods Assembly lines were made and things got done faster.. Brought mass production Fostering Efficiency

7 Initiative-this is when people sign a petetion for the government to either pass or deny
Recall- when someone from the senate or presidency is removed before their time is up Power to the People

8 It was meant to fix the many problems of the societies all over America.
Moles in government..paid off good guys..unfair justice system..unfair favoritism (rich poor) The Progressive Era


10 Prohibition “Great Experiment” Lasted 13 years
the manufacture, transportation, import, export, and sale of alcoholic beverages were restricted or illegal Women especially wanted prohibition. Prohibitionist groups were formed to keep it the law in tact. Prohibition


12 Aid organizations Impact
Helped surveve plagues, wars, illnesses, natural and man made disasters, and wars New American Frontiers- revolutionary war aid group YMCA- made lots of schools, gyms, churches. Helped the poor Phinlanthropists. Aid organizations Impact

13 It banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages
Repealed December 5, 1933 They thought it would eliminate corruptions and help improve the society. Drinking rates went WAY up instead! 18th amendment

14 Socialism An organized political movement in the U.S.
Started with utopian comunities It was influenced by European thinking. Socialism

15 A journalist who writes about the corruption in our government.
Some examples: -Nellie Bly -Julius Chamers Muckrakers!!

16 What did local government do to reform itself during the Progressive Era?
Enviromentalism-clean air, water, cities and land..protect the country Social justice-a society where everyone is equal.

17 Populist movement- farmers that got together and talked about crop failure, failing prices, poor marketing, and credit facilities. Railroads Protection of private property Increased immigrants Steamboats Business improvement

18 Lazzeis Fares-some people thought you should “let the people do as they please”
They got child labor laws.. More regulations Safer work Places

19 The number of children working in factories was increasing dramatically!
Big busnesses hired children for littler wages, little hands Some families had no choice but to send their children Keating-Owen Act in it prohibited the transportation across state lines of goods produced by children Two years later the supreme court banned child labor..and set maximun hours of labor Child Labor Laws


21 They could no longer use children and only had them working 9 hour days
Maximum hours

22 Raises!! All workers for like rail roads and mines and coal and construction got 10% raises!

23 Seventeenth Amendment
This allows the states to vote for their own senators. Seventeenth Amendment

24 The Americans- out test book. Sources

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