Rise Of The Progressive Movement Essay

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Discuss three major changes in race relations that resulted from Reconstruction. Andrew Johnson, Abraham Lincoln’s successor, fought with Congress over Reconstruction policies. Johnson imagined a lenient and rapid “restoration” of the South to the Union rather than the fundamental “reconstruction” that Republican congressmen favored (Norton, 14 intro). The president and Republican congressional leadership disagreed and by the time it was all over, Congress impeached the president, enfranchised freedmen, and gave them a role in reconstructing the South (Norton, 14 intro). The nation then also adopted the 14th and 15th Amendments ensuring equal protection of citizenship, law, and universal manhood suffrage. In early 1865, Lincoln and Congress…show more content…
Three million people lost their jobs, especially in larger cities (Norton, 14-6b). Debtors and the unemployed pursued easy-money policies to offshoot expansion due to the need of money. Businessmen defended property rights and demanded “sound money” policies only widening the gap between farmers and workers and wealthy industrialists (Norton, 14-6b). Explain the rise of the Progressive movement. C1. Offended by corruption and immorality in business and government, the new middle class determined to apply the rational techniques of their professions to social problems (Norton, 18-1b). With the help of muckrakers, the public was exposed of social, economic, and political wrongs in popular magazines and books. Young, middle-class, educated men and women worked to link the gap between social classes by living in inner-city settlement houses. Over 400 settlements in big cities were established by 1910 sponsoring activities such as art exhibits, vocational training, and health clinics. The vanguard of Progressivism, settlement house workers backed housing and labor reform, offered meeting space to unions, and served as school nurses, probation officers, and teachers (Norton,
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