The industrialization in the United States raised many problems. There were unfair business practices, brutal and harsh working environments, horrible child labor laws, and much more. In around 1890 was when the Progressive Era started to begin. A group of various people: teachers, journalist, politicians, etc., all started to form a group called the “Progressives” because they felt more people needed to be involved in politics. The progressive movement then arose to try to change these negative effects from the industrialization.
The main goal for the Progressives was to try and solve our Country’s problems with the help from our government. Progressives believed the people should be choosing who is the state senator and not the state legislature deciding, this lead to the 17th amendment. They worked for women to get the right to vote. They soon accomplished this with the 19th amendment.
They also worked hard to change work laws. Worker compensation laws were passed, laws requiring education were passed. They fought for minimum wage. And, safety in the workplace laws were passed. Another thing Progressives supported was prohibition. Which led to the 18th amendment. Progressives did very many different things to help our nation become better.
As for the government, they should be able to have work laws. Without hour regulations, bosses would get greedy and just want money, making an employee work every hour. They would try to pay you at the lowest dollar to increase their income as well, so setting a minimum wage is smart. Prohibiting child labor is also an important thing. Without all these regulations and laws, I think companies would just have money on their mind and use workers so having these laws in line is a need.
Visions of America: A History of the United States, Combined Volume, 3