At the turn of the century the cities were growing and attitudes were changing depending on your position in life. This progress from the industrial revolution was making a lot of white upper class people rich but for the poor workers it was making life harder. The “political machines” took advantage of these people and bought their votes and support by offering them jobs or help with food. The middle class could view these machines as corrupt but because poverty was viewed as something that only happened to lazy or bad people they were uninterested in helping themselves. This was the beginning of the attitude towards poverty changing and “Reformists” looking to help them improve their lives and have more opportunities. Of course at this time only men could actually vote and women were mainly supposed to take care of the home and the children. Luckily during these social changes the “new woman” emerged. Women began to gain their independence. More women began going to college and working. They also began fighting for their right to vote and participate in politics. This was the beginning of people starting the very lengthy process of social reform.
People began to realize that no one would choose or deserves to be poor and helping them is not only good for them but for society as a whole. Minorities were hard workers and deserved all the same rights as everyone else. Women had just as much intelligence and interest in politics and social issues as men. This time brought these issues to the forefront.