The Progressive Era

Progressivism in the United States took place in the period between the
Spanish-American War and the entry of the United States into the great World War.
It was a time for change in America in all walks of life, as well as a time for
reform. It was marked by Theodore Roosevelt's 7 and a half years in office, the
Rough Rider put it upon himself to make the first strides towards reform. These
reforms included the cracking down on illegal monopolies and so forth. During
this era large cities transformed into large metropolises, small towns into
large cities and new towns sprang up nearly everywhere. Reforms also included
the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth amendments. The ...

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growing influence in all
branches of government and sought ways to purify it.
Big Business was also a target of progressivism. During this time
presidents like Roosevelt and William Howard Taft tried to regulate and control
big business. Many well educated people of the time, as well as moderately
prosperous businessmen and members of other professions(middle class) felt
threatened by the increasing power of big business and the tycoons. These people
were also disturbed by the Big business' influence in politics, making a mockery
of the democratic system. Then with the failure of the interstate commerce act
and the Sherman act, made big business look unstoppable. As the middle class in
America began to develop and grow, they gained power. They were the people who
wanted change and ultimately they won with the start of progressivism.
Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Henry Lloyd all made significant
contributions to the start of the Progressive movement with their ...

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