•Progressivism: Where Will You Put Your Million Dollars? Essay

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Dear Aunt Bessie, In one day, I became a Philanthropist. The 1890’s to the 1920’s is know as the Progressive Period. In this time the average poverty level for a family of six is $600, and the average earning of American worker is less than $500. During this period three presidents served, President Roosevelt, William H. Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. These three presidents made many changes but made little to no change in racial segregation and to labor unions. At your bed side you asked me to put a million dollars, your entire life savings, into three professional reforms. The way I will spend the one million dollars is, 600,000 dollars in food safety,300,000 child labor dollars in, and 100,000 dollars in woman's suffrage. Rats, poison, spit, dirt and sawdust all going into the meat we eat everyday. Meat inspection is a part of everyone's daily lives, they eat meat at breakfast, lunch and at dinner, and the things put into the meat we consume daily is horrifying. “ Meat would be stored in great piled in rooms; and the water from the leaky roofs would drip over it, and thousands of rats would race about on it.” (Upton , Sinclair. "The Jungle." Viking Press 1905) 6000,000 is exactly what is needed to put these horrifyingly disgusting things behind us. Children from 5 to 18 in factories, coal mines, glass factories, textiles, agriculture, home industries, canneries and other horrible jobs. The boys in the coal mines are working long periods without any breaks. Boys fingers would be cut off and calloused from the grueling work. “ … two breaker boys of 15 years… fell or were carried by the coal down into the car below. One was badly burned the other smothered to death. (Lewis Hine, National Child Labor Committee Report, 1911.) Others are being beaten for their work if not done right, this is why I am giving child labor 3000,000. When will there be

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