The Progressive Era

The Progressive Era, lasted from 1895 to 1915, was a period of political reform and social activism.  Progressives believed in regulating the common good. The Progressive Movement was built on the belief that people control their own lives, rather than subjecting to natural selection.  Progressives wanted to create better working conditions, lessen work hours, increase social equality and continue the democratic progression in our country. They went on strikes in order for the industrialist to hear their voice. Strikes caused a major drop in the workers’ wages, factory owners lost profit and the middle class lost access to goods and services. Strikes occurred often which lead to significant financial drops in some big business during this time. Progressives’ beliefs were proven to be correct when Henry Ford launched his assembly line. The success of the assembly caused an uproar in our economy. Ford stressed safe working conditions and less work hours, which increased the workers’ morale.
Progressives worried about political corruption, industrialization and the raise of population in big cities. Industrialization was huge in large cities, this was were major social issues were occurring, hence why Progressives had an urban focus. Also, they wanted to make corporations accountable and subject them to the people control, since they were the ones that were working in such harsh working conditions and logging long work hours. Progressives created alliances with three consecutive presidents, Woodrow Wilson, William Taft and Theodore Roosevelt, in order to strength their view points. They wanted to include the government on these social issues occurring in our society, instead of instilling a laissez-fair approach. The Progressive Movement was attempting to accomplish an equal and democratic society, which would allow individuals to create their own life, even those who were less fortunate.

The government should instill laws and regulations that ensure better working conditions. We should be rewarding workers for their hard-work, not punishing them by treating them like slaves. The government followed up on the strikes and movements taken by the Progressives by passing the Fair Labor Standard Act of 1938, which allows the right of minimum wage, overtime pay and prohibited child labor. History has led to the enjoyable governing laws of the work enforcement today, but the system will never fully be restored, corruption will always be present.,

“Who Were the Progressives, and What Did They Hope to Accomplish?”,,


11 thoughts on “The Progressive Era

  1. Did the progressive movement truly end in 1915? Not questioning the history, but opening our minds to the thought. When we look around our nation we see history unfolding. There are still protests and movements for rights. For progress. This history of the movement in giving more right to the people was an amazing time. Has that ended?

    1. I don’t believe the thought process in which the Progressive Movement created has ended, for history’s sake maybe the time period, yes. The protests and movements of today’s world are going to be as important as some of the movements of the Progressive Era. The #metoo movement is empowering women like never before, and holding me in power accountable for the actions. So no, in my point of view you are not wrong, the progress in which people groups are trying to make in this country can only be for the good. Eradicating some of the power from the elitists of this country is undoubtedly fashioned in the same mind frame as the Progressives.

    2. I agree that the concept of the progressive movement never truly ended. There are still many protests today that continue the idea. People still urge to take the power away from the elites of our society and bring it to the common people.

  2. The progressive era is really a time we can all relate to. To answer the question above I do agree with that parts are still continued today. We have women movements and same sex marriage that has been legalized in my generation which all can be related to this time. We see a lot of social activism on the news and social media today related to these topics similar to what was happening around the 1890’s to 1915’s. I believe that the main goal that was attempted to be achieved in this time frame was eliminating problems. This is still the goal even today.

  3. I too believe the foundation of the progessives still lives on today, as it should. Without people willing to standup for “what is right” there will be companies that will just steamroll their workers like it has been done throughout history. Wilson, Taft, and Roosevelt all knew that the “progressive” stand point was the right, moral, and just way to spearhead a major problem that people all throughout the US were dealing with.

  4. It really is interesting to learn about how much fighting the progressives did just to get what they deserved. Thankfully even though there were corrupt politicians at this time, there were some who wanted to give workers fair working conditions.

  5. I really like your blog I thought that you did a different approach. I really liked how you gave specific dates on events that occurred during the era. I also liked how you began with re-informing the readers on what the progressive movement was really about. Also how you talked about the three presidents and their impact on the era.

  6. I thought you did a great job on this blog and made the information really easy to take in with the way you formatted it and broke up major points into different parts. The impact of this era is obvious and can still be seen into today’s society with things like protests which still happen. The fighting spirit of the original progressives is still evident today. Good job on this post!

  7. I believe that the ability for one to control their own lives is a natural and basic right that should’ve been available in the first place. The fact that it took until the 1900’s to have our nation figure this out is beyond me. I also agree with the last paragraph about the workers being rewarded more. I think that people should be recognized more for a job well done.

  8. Great blog! You really brought some good details to light. I find it very interesting that Henry Ford’s initial launch of his assembly line is what was the turning point. Unfortunately, I completely agree that there will always be corruption within our government and guidelines even when it comes to workplace regulations.

  9. It’s sad to see at the company I work for people still work long hours. There are people that work almost 70 hours a week. It can be good for the body let alone your work ethic while your working.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s