Progressivism Vs Progressivism

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The progress towards problems of social injustice has been marked by the blood, sweat and tears of the generations of lives that have been spent in dedication to solving these dilemmas. The results of these strides in social equality can largely be seen in the effects they have had on the day to day aspects of the American Life. To show these effects and the legacy that progressivism has had on the American Life, we must first compare the lifestyles of Americans before and after progressivism. Life for the average worker in an industrialized America before the wave of progressivism during the turn of the century was marred by unsafe working conditions, unfair compensation, and oppression by corrupt officials. The life of Jurgis Rudkis in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle perfectly highlights the strife of an immigrant who came to America to better the life of his family and himself, but had his hopes thoroughly decimated at the hands of social injustices. “Why could they find no better way to punish him than to leave three weak women and six helpless children to starve and freeze?” (Sinclair, 191) After being sent to jail for attacking his wife Ona’s rapist, her boss, Jurgis is sent to prison for one month. In this excerpt he laments that his family will somehow need to survive without the wages from either his work in the meatpacking industry, or his wife’s earnings because she had just been fired. The Jungle is infamous for highlighting the abhorrent conditions of the
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