Q:

What were the goals of the Progressive Movement?

A:

Quick Answer

The goals of the Progressive Movement were to try to and solve problems within the American society that had evolved during the industrial growth that happened in the latter part of the 19th century, including fighting for the rights of the lower classes. The country had become prosperous and strong businesses developed; however, there was a large disparity between the wealthy and the poor. The Progressive Movement wanted to bring equality to the nation.

Know More

Full Answer

Progressivism rejected the church as the driving force for change and also rejected the position of Social Darwinism that many of the rich and powerful embraced. There were many specific goals that the movement aimed for, including removing corruption and undue influence from the government, to include more people directly into the political process and to enforce the government to play a role in solving the many social issues while bringing fairness into economic matters.

The Progressive Movement happened during the second reform era. The first reform era occurred during the years before the Civil War erupted and involved reform for working conditions, the humanization of the mentally ill and prisoners and the abolishing of slavery. The second reform era lasted until the start of World War I and fought for the rights of women as well as those in rural areas who felt that they were of a declining importance compared to urbanized areas.

Learn more about US History
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What impact did Joseph McCarthy have on American society?

    A:

    Joseph McCarthy had a negative impact on American society in that he compelled the American public to enter a state of anti-communist hysteria so severe that innocent people were maligned, ostracized, blacklisted and in some cases, imprisoned. According to the Reference Dictionary, McCarthyism is defined as "the political practice of publicizing accusations of disloyalty or subversion with insufficient regard to evidence."

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What was the Progressive Movement?

    A:

    The Progressive Movement (or the Progressive Era) between 1900 and 1920 was a time of sweeping reforms, enabling the United States government to play a greater role in controlling business and protecting the public. Some of its reforms included the introduction of federal income tax, the direct election of Senators and the prohibition of alcohol.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why was France willing to sell the Louisiana Territory?

    A:

    France was willing to sell the Louisiana Territory because Napoleon decided that it was too expensive to try to hold such a vast amount of land in the western hemisphere, and he needed the money for an upcoming war with England. Other factors were a French military failure in Haiti, the weakness of the French navy and the French inability to control the American pioneer movement heading west.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some facts about silversmiths during the Colonial period?

    A:

    A silversmith in the 19th century was regarded as an artist or sculptor. They made a wide range of items, ranging from the practical, such as flatware or service sets, to the decorative, including mirror and picture frames. A Colonial American silversmith required experience and skill to be successful in his trade.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore