The progressive era spanned from 1890’s to 1920’s, the progressives were about eliminating the problems caused by industrialization, immigration and corruption in the government. The progressive mainly targeted the political machines. The progressive’s success in building alliances with the middle class and political parties gained the support of three presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. Over the next decade these three president had drastically changed the country within a decade.
The Progressives were trying to create a much safer work environment for the workers. The industrial leaders had exploited their workers. Giving them long hours and unsafe work conditions. The progressives saw that there is a need for a change in society. They wanted to end the exploitation of the workers and the stream of steady strikes. Progressives were about fairness and law and order. The progressives sought to help middle class business owners. Workers had no power and progressives fought to help create a better working environment.
As Henry Ford discovered by raising his workers’ wages to five dollars a day it had created a better society for both the workers and himself. Five dollars at the time was almost unheard of but by doing this the workers had more money to spend. This in return, workers had bought more things like vehicles. The sales for model ts went from 34,000 in 1910 to 730,000 in 1916. The price of his vehicles dropped from $700 to $300. All this had happened by paying his workers more money. If there were more regulations and laws like how Henry Ford paid his workers it would have created a better economy and society much quicker.
I do believe there is a need for regulations. Companies should not take advantage of their power, using it to abuse workers. Government should regulate and create laws to help build a more fair work environment. Regulations and laws can create a better society. Though in some ways I believe government should not be deciding what a company can or cannot do, I most definitely think there should at least be laws. Laws that are for both the companies’ interest and in the workers interest. Making laws that will work for both I believe will create a much stronger nation.