Progressive Era Reformers Essay

1001 WordsMar 25, 20115 Pages
From 1900-1920 in the United States of America the reformers of the Progressive Era and the Federal Government were effective bringing about reform dealing with reforms to improve the social disgrace of the working conditions, the enthusiasm to be a nation of self-governed people, and the individual interests of presidents despite limitations in the rulings of court cases, the application of reforms reached, and the varying effectiveness of presidents. Reformers looking to improve the working conditions of the progressive Era made significant headway in their attempted reforms, though they were eventually limited by the decisions of the supreme courts. Muckrakers (people who wrote critiques on society and its faults) like Upton Sinclair…show more content…
Improvements through laws were also made regarding the right to represent oneself in government as well. Multiple voices in the United States called for the betterment in the ability for the people to be self-governed – which they achieved to an extent, even when limited by the failure to fully honor and take advantage of the reforms they passed. Blacks received the right to vote after the civil war, though this success was limited by the fact they were still not treated as equals (Document I). However women were furious their suffrage was not included in the amendments; the fury led to a long and hard campaign for their rights. They felt cheated that the government of the United States was sympathetic with people around the world who weren’t self-governed, but turned a blind eye to the fact that significant number of their own citizens could not vote either (Document H). Through unions and associations, marches on the capitol and works of literature – despite the reluctance to grant them their rights in the governmental branches – they work of the reformer eventually resulted in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, the right for women to vote. A limitation in the eyes of the reformers to this success was the lack of complete enthusiasm for women’s suffrage by women, and the lack of a drastic change in the government despite their argument the addition of women to the ballots would make politics less corrupt. Another issue that campaigned for the
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