Early Innovation of the American Nation


When thinking of the word progressive, the first thing that comes to mind is innovative. Then, when looking into the history of the Progressive Era, it is full of innovative people implementing a new way of life for the American people and setting it into action. (Hence the steamroller political cartoon) This is exactly what the Progressives have done during this time. They changed the conditions for the working-class by requiring government to regulate safety, wages, and hours of businesses. Progressives fought for women to have the right to vote there after the succession of the regulation to have clean, refrigerated milk for a mothers’ children.

These Progressives fought for the “little guy”, those that didn’t have the means, the voice, the guts to stand up and say that this was wrong. Sure, the American nation may have been the most torn up nation due to striking, but would it have really made the impact that the Progressives made? More than likely not. Progressives not only helped to regulate the conditions for the working-class people, they formed to stop political corruption and to empower the people of America. Giving the American people a voice to form a democracy was at the forefront of their vision.

Many Progressives were that of women. With having little to no rights as a woman during this time, they fought for the women’s right to vote. After succeeding in a constitutional amendment for the women’s right to vote, it gave the women of America a sense of safety for themselves and their families. From this moment on women will only become more active in movements and fighting for what they want. This is the stepping stone to the many historically famous American women that we know of today.

Now, imagine a work day that is as long as your tiresome and aching body can possibly handle. Your job is a high risk for a serious injury that your wages would not be able to cover for any sort of medical attention, therefore resulting in a risk of death. Where your only child, a son at the age of 11 would then have to begin working to help provide for the family. It’s hard to imagine such a life, with how our government has regulated business through set hours, minimum wage, child labor, and safety laws. These laws were made to keep the American people working. Without work there would be no money, without money there would be no business and without work, money, and business there would be no progression of the American nation. Government regulation is necessary for our nation to thrive and continue to do so.

 

20 thoughts on “Early Innovation of the American Nation

  1. I really like how you put that all the striking would not have made as big of an impact as the progressives made, I completely agree! Striking may be useful to get points across a couple of times but continuous striking could really hurt a nation’s industry. Continuous striking like that of the Longbridge strikes at the Rover plants in England helped bring about the end of the Rover corporation, along with their poor quality. Without the progressives just think about how different American industry would have been if employees were always striking and not producing.

  2. You are correct where would we be at today if there were no progressives? There would probably be mobs and a lot of people would go on strike. Who knows woman probably may still not have the right to vote or have a say in anything the world could still be run by Caucasian male Americans. I guess nobody will know what the world would look like today if it weren’t for the progressives the world could be complete kayos right now

    1. Progressives made the working class environment as equal as possible and without them, I agree with what you said about that as well. Without them, our working class environment would be absolutely nuts. The controls would be in the employers hands, who knows what kind of laws and/or rules would be in place.

    2. Progressives made the working class environment as equal as possible and without them, I agree with what you said about that as well. Without them, our working class environment would be absolutely nuts. The controls would be in the employers hands, who knows what kind of laws and/or rules would be in place. There were so many different possible outcomes which all depended on how things could’ve been handled.

    3. I love this comment, it brings out the possible outcomes of what if the progressives never existed. It’s a thought of what would happen if all the winners lost and all the losers won. Things change and our lives would all be different.

    4. I love this comment, it brings out the thoughts of possible outcomes of what if the progressives never existed. It’s a thought of what would happen if all the winners lost and all the losers won. Things would change and our lives would all be different. It definitely gets me thinking about this more.

    5. I love this comment, it brings out the thoughts of possible outcomes of what if the progressives never existed or came to be. It’s a thought of what would happen if all the winners lost and all the losers won. Things would change and our lives would all be different. It definitely gets me thinking about this more.

    6. This comment brings out the thoughts of possible outcomes of what if the progressives never existed or came to be. It’s a thought of what would happen if all the winners lost and all the losers won. Things would change and our lives would all be different. It definitely gets me thinking about this more.

    7. This comment brings out the thoughts of possible outcomes of what if the progressives never existed or came to be. It’s a thought of what would happen if all the winners lost and all the losers won. Things would change and our lives would all be different. It definitely gets me thinking about this more and more as time progresses.

    8. This comment brings out the thoughts of possible outcomes of what if the progressives never existed or came to be. It’s a thought of what would happen if all the winners lost and all the losers won. Things would have change and our lives would all be different. It definitely gets me thinking about this more and more as time progresses since the progressives are to be thankful for.

    9. This comment brings out the thoughts of possible outcomes of what if the progressives never existed or came to be. It’s a thought of what would happen if all the winners lost and all the losers won. Things would have change and our lives would all be different. It definitely gets me thinking about this more and more as time progresses since the progressives are to be thankful for. One possibility could’ve been us being forced into a caste where the lowest would always be the lowest and the richest would always be the richest.

    10. This comment brings out the thoughts of possible outcomes of what if the progressives never existed or came to be. It’s a thought of what would happen if all the winners lost and all the losers won. Things would have change and our lives would all be different. One possibility could’ve been us being forced into a caste where the lowest would always be the lowest and the richest would always be the richest.

    11. This comment brings out the thoughts of possible outcomes of what if the progressives never existed or came to be. It’s a thought of what would happen if all the winners lost and all the losers won. One possibility could’ve been us being forced into a caste where the lowest would always be the lowest and the richest would always be the richest.

    12. This comment brings out the thoughts of possible outcomes of what if the progressives never existed or came to be. It’s a thought of what would happen if all the winners lost and all the losers won. One possibility could’ve been us being forced into a caste where the poorest would always be the poorest and the richest would always be the richest.

    13. This comment brings out the thoughts of possible outcomes of what if they never existed or came to be. It’s a thought of what would happen if all the winners lost and all the losers won. One possibility could’ve been us being forced into a caste where the poorest would always be the poorest and the richest would always be the richest.

  3. Very well said. I like how you emphasized that the Progressives wanted to stop political corruption and empower the people. They wanted a more democratic government so the people could have more say in whats going on. I couldn’t imagine having to send my kid to work so young. I agree, government regulation is definitely necessary for our nation to thrive.

    1. I completely agree with this comment. It’s shocking to me that kids had to go to work jusy like adults. I think it was very important that government should have regulations on industries for the lives of the working Americans.

  4. Reading this definitely helps to put things in perspective. Thinking about kids going to work everyday just like their parents is very horrifying to think about. Kids need to have fun and enjoy their youth. Life without the progressives would, in my opinion be very different. I personally am thankful for them and what they have done to help our working class today.

  5. I agree, children should definitely not be working. I also agree with the people who said that the progressives made more of an impact than strikers. Progressives did so much and I am also thankful for the change they brought. This was a great post.

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