Progressive Era-Great Depression

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Progressive Era through the Great Depression In this paper I will identify 2 key turning points between the Progressive Era and the Great Depression. I will then analyze these events and their impact on America’s current society, economy, politics, and culture. I will hypothesize as to why women earned the right to vote in the frontier states of the West before eastern and southern states. I will describe 2 pieces of legislation in the Roosevelt–Taft–Wilson era that influence current business practices. The role the Spanish war played in America’s development will be discussed in this paper, along with 2 ways the Roaring Twenties and Great Depression affected the federal government’s involvement in the national economy. The Progressive Era was a period between the years of 1890 and 1920 and consisted of many social and political issues including reforming government, expanding democracy mostly with issues surrounding women’s rights, economic reform, and social welfare. There were many accomplishments and changes made due to the Progressive Era and some of these changes have many influences on our culture and society still today. The first turning point I will raise will be the dawn of the oil industry in America which took place in 1901 and provided a new source of fuel. The oil industry began with the discovery of the Spindletop Geyser and led to over 1,000 oil companies in less than a year. Prior to the oil boom in East Texas in 1901 Pennsylvania was responsible for nearly half of the world’s oil production. (The Paleontological Research Institution, http://www.priweb.org/ed/pgws/history /pennsylvania/pennsylvania2.html) To explain how the oil boom effects our current society I will explain what America would be like without domestic oil. 36% of the oil in America comes from domestic sources. ( U.S. Energy Information Administration
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