The Progressive Movement

935 Words4 Pages
The Progressive Movement was a short yet very important time in American society. The time period known as “Reconstruction” had now finished and the lives of many had been changed due to political corruption, social injustices, and harsh labor practices. The Progressive Movement aimed to correct all of these issues and to just improve the overall way of living for the average United States citizen. Although the Progressive Movement did succeed in tweaking and revamping many of the issues that had been a problem in the lives of many Americans, it unfortunately was only temporary seeing as soon after the U.S. enters another war and inevitably after that, the Great Depression. Nevertheless, the progressive movement did succeed in addressing these…show more content…
Most of these immigrants were searching for any kind of work, many times took jobs in huge industries at the time such as Andrew Carnegie’s steel industry or John D. Rockefeller’s oil industry. These industrialists, many times referred to as robber barons, were known for exploiting these workers for their labor seeing as there was little to no laws at this time against doing so. The Progressive Movement aimed to fix this issue with new labor laws to eliminate this misuse of the workers in these factories, oil mines, railroads, etc. by changing the designated amount of hours that people were allowed to work, the minimum wage that workers could earn, and improved the overall conditions that these people had to work under. Even so American’s and immigrants had to take many steps to ensure that change would begin to be implemented into their workplaces and had to do so because of the stubbornness of these robber baron industrialists. Despite being able to visibly see that the labor forced upon these workers along with the conditions that they were forced to work under, it still took a horrendous disaster like that of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and prior to this an intense strike for these industrialists to finally realize the burden they were causing. In an effort to put…show more content…
Prohibition, the ban of alcoholic beverages, had started as the “women’s temperance movement”, a movement that simply called for the banning of all alcoholic beverages because of it was immoral. Later, many women began calling for prohibition because of how it was effecting them at home, with their husbands. Domestic abuse became very prominent in a household because many men after work would visit these saloons or bars and just drink as a coping method many times bringing out the anger in them and once they got home letting it out on their wives and children. All this lead to the passing of the Prohibition Act which made the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages illegal. This decision caused a split in American society basically dividing those who were against the consumption of alcohol agreeing and supporting this law, and then obviously angered those enjoyed drinking alcoholic beverages and did so on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this act eventually branched into the creation of illegal bars, speakeasies, and nevertheless the illegal consumption of alcohol all across cities in the United States. Realizing how counterproductive this law ended up being in the long run, the United States
Get Access