Essay On The Progressive Movement

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From 1890 to 1920, there were many social, political, and economic reactions to industrialization and urbanization within the United States. Soon, a reform movement swept the nation in an attempt to improve conditions within the United States of America. This movement was called the Progressive movement. The Progressive movement was made up of groups and individuals who worked hard to change the negative effects that arose from industrialization and urbanization in the United States. Poverty, crowding, and disease in American cities were already an issue even before 1900, and attempts to end these issues quickly rose. Jacob Riis was a well-known reformer who utilized his works of literature to show how the poor needed much more sanitary and much safer housing conditions. In How the Other Half Lives (Document 1) Jacob Riis explains how during these times, the prevalence of tenements and slums was quickly on the rise. Jacob Riis also explained how New York was one of the worst areas for slums, describing how many…show more content…
business, especially on the international level, industrialization had a very big impact, as shown in Document 5. On the graph, it showed how from 1870 to 1920, there was a very noticeable increase in the amount of money the United States gained because of their business in international markets. This could have been caused also by the rise of big businesses and new policies that were being made, as well as because of the invention and manufacturing of many new things. It is clear that the value of their exports increased dramatically, allowing U.S. business to rise. In conclusion, there were many social, economic, and political reactions cause by industrialization and urbanization between 1890 and 1920. The Progressive movement was just one that arose during this time, introducing many reforms that can still be seen today. Whether these are good or bad are everyone`s opinion, but it can be said that they had a big impact on life
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