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Social Issues of the Progressive Era (1900-1917) - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
The Progressive Era in the United States represented a time of significant reform and activism. The resources in this chapter can help you gain greater insight into the social issues of Progressive Era. Instructors explore the social issues associated with this era. Lessons cover Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressives, as well as government regulations and trust busting. You can also review the lessons to learn more about the politics of the time, presidential elections and key issues for women and minorities during this period.
You can watch short video lessons or access full video transcripts with easily identifiable vocabulary words. Self-assessment quizzes are also available to gauge how well you understand lesson concepts. Any questions you have about this chapter can be submitted to experts who are eager to offer assistance. After reviewing the lessons, you should know how to:
- Define who the Progressives were and explain their political agenda
- Outline the influence of the Muckrakers during the Progressive Era
- Explain trust busting and government regulations on industry and economy during this time
- Detail the reforms and amendments of progressive politics
- Identify African American leaders in the Progressive Era
- Discuss the causes of the Great Migration
- Understand the women's suffrage movement and the leaders of early feminism
1. Theodore Roosevelt & the Progressives: Definition and Political Agenda
In the early 20th century, the United States had become an increasingly industrialized society. Progressive reformers believed that many social, economic and political issues required federal government regulation. Learn how Progressive Era reformers, including President Theodore Roosevelt and his Square Deal, worked to correct problems that accompanied this rapid development and expansion.
2. The Muckrakers of the Progressive Era: Definition and Influence
A spirit of reform marked the Progressive Era from around 1900 to 1917. It was in this spirit that muckrakers, who were influential journalists, worked to reveal injustices and oversights in American society. Learn how muckrakers raised awareness of America's social, economic and political problems.
3. Trust Busting and Government Regulations on Economy & Industry in the Progressive Era
During the Progressive Era, from around 1900-1917, government intervened in the economy, breaking up trusts, and regulating railroads and other industries. Learn how government worked to curb the power of unregulated big business and provide tariff and banking reforms.
4. Progressive Politics: Definition, Reforms & Amendments
During the Progressive Era, from around 1900-1917, political reformers pushed for an end of abuse of power in politics and government. Learn how political reforms of the Progressive Era helped make government more responsive to the people, prompting changes at every level of government.
5. African Americans in the Progressive Era: Issues & Leaders
During the Progressive Era, from approximately 1900 to 1918, progress for many African Americans was hard to come by. Explore some of the inequalities African Americans faced and learn about notable African-American leaders of the era including Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois.
6. The Great Migration: Definition & Causes
The economic conditions of World War I led to a massive movement of African Americans from the South to the North, known as the Great Migration. Examine the causes and effects of this phenomenon.
7. Women's Suffrage & Early Feminism: Movement, 19th Amendment & Leaders
The women's suffrage movement became one of the most prominent areas of reform during the Progressive movement. Learn about the work of early feminists, changing roles of women and notable women suffrage leaders who pushed for women's right to vote.
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