Gilded Age Vs. The Progressive Era

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Even a couple of decades after its Civil War, the United States was still trying to find its place in the world. While the Reconstruction Era was a great start to rebuilding, the Gilded Age at the end of the 1800s and the Progressive era to start the 20th century both were more important in how the nation became the financial power it is today. The Gilded Age, as coined by American writer Mark Twain’s novel of the same name, was a time of fast financial and population growth. However, that time was full of problems politically, constitutionally and socially, but due to an assassin’s bullet, the corrupted Gilded Age ended just like that and the Progressive Era, under President Teddy Roosevelt, began to correct those problems
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Crime was everywhere, especially in the “Wild, Wild West,” and alcohol mostly was to blame. In a lot of cases, alcohol was to blame for many of the ladies’ suffering. The Progressive Era answered both issues with 18th and 19th constitutional amendments. The 18th prohibited alcohol and was passed in 1919. Early the following year, the 19th was passed under President Woodrow Wilson, finally allowing women to vote after years and years of fighting for that very right. The ironic thing about both of those constitutional changes was that, first, the 18th was repealed by the 21st amendment, after the Progressive Era, and American could drink alcohol once again. Second, the 19th was actually introduced during the Reconstruction Era, taking nearly 40 years for women to finally have a say in their own lives despite women like Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul going through much criticism and beatings from their male peers, but in the end women had a major…show more content…
history are very important to the nation today. The Gilded Age is important because it allowed America to dream again due to financial opportunities previously not available to the middle- and lower-class citizens. However, the greed and selfishness of that time led to corruption in both business and politics denying that very dream to many. Unfortunately it took the assassination of President William McKinley to force the change into the Progressive Era, and to clean up the mess the Gilded Age created. While there are more interesting and more important times in American history, one only needs to look at Roosevelt’s carved-face on Mount Rushmore to see just how important the Progressive Era was to the U.S. and why it stands where it does in the world
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