The Struggle Of The Progressive Movement

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Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s there were many immigrants coming to America in search of a more prosperous life, but they soon realized that life in America though more lucrative wasn’t always safer, and they responded in various ways, thereby strengthening the progressive movement. This movement was especially significant in the lives of other races in the states, including African Americans, Indians, Asians, and Mexicans who lived in America but originally came from different nations. This segregation of life imposed on the races by white Americans led to the development of “dual Americanism” and the struggle to maintain past culture while also acting as a “normal” American would. Consequently, as shown in the video A Vital Progressivism, OMB No. 15, and the census forms over the years, the struggle of keeping up a “dual Americanism” tended to help the effectiveness of the progressive movement as the races desperately tried to remain true to two vastly different cultures and used this power to help better their all around lives.
African Americans in America were subject to the Jim Crow laws, racists, and lynch mobs, on top of a struggle to find sound employment. The “color line” spoken of in Howard Zinn’s second chapter, was very apparent in their lives, as everything they did was defined by their skin. Separate schools, churches, water fountains, buses, and parks were a few of the things they were subjected to. However, through this segregation, they also…
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