Blog 2


With the rise of the growth in the urban cities, both the new and the old, city political growth machines grew popular. Crimes and poverty increased which was in their favor! It was the perfect time to sweep in and to provide relief and promote urban growth. In contrast, it also earned a reputation for corruption. In the cities, the diversity of people varied which had an impact on politics. It was an era where women did not have the right to vote and African Americans were still being discriminated. The white wealthy males were the center of politics, and they ran the show. Unlike immigrants and women who had to fight for a say, white males had it handed to them. I do believe politics was an arena for the wealthy because at this time, equality was not settled. Women, minorities, and working men impacted the political process because even though it was the white rich man’s world, minorities were however majority. While at one time it may have been a smooth sailing, people started voicing opinions and that was the game changer.

6 thoughts on “Blog 2

  1. Disspite all of the advancements we’ve made with civil rights and the inclusion of more minority’s into our politics, a large portion is still old white males. They have been a large part of our politics for many years and it’s time for a change. Hopefully as years go on their numbers will decrease.

  2. Of course most of the politics have been old white males. Whether people want to admitted to it or not, we hate change. If things are going the way we want them to, we want to keep things the way they are. Until we overcome our fear of change, old white males are still going to run politics.

  3. Equality was a hot topic back then and still is today. One thing that comes to my mind is when did so many people stop focusing on someone’s qualifications for a job? (This is not aimed at you. It is something I see everywhere I turn.) I feel our society has become so focused on equality and helping the minority’s some people who are not in the minority get passed up on something they are more qualified for. That is not equality either!

  4. The white wealthy males definitely had it the easiest when it came to voting. They were able to vote right off the bat, with no struggles, and still thought that it was their right to say that women, immigrants, and African Americans didn’t have the right to vote. It is a good thing that women started becoming more educated and fighting for their right to vote. If they hadn’t, things may have still been this way today, and the wealthy males would have continued to try and hold this power that they believed they had.

  5. It was easy for the white men, especially the wealthy because they could vote, but people like women fought for their rights. Who knows where we would be now if people during that age didn’t notice that they had rights too? There is a big difference between noticing their rights and fighting for them though. This was the age where the people started voicing their opinion. Without these people voicing their opinions, the Progressive Era wouldn’t have happened.

  6. I agree with your statement on how white males had it easy. They were pushed to the top of every society, and their money bags granted them whatever they wished for. Due to discrimination, minorities were living in poverty in the large cities. These minorities made up large chunks of the cities population. Although they were such large in number, they still had no political say. For a city that belongs to them, I find it extremely unfair that they have no right to change it. The voicing of opinions was definitely a game changer as you said in your post. With people just riding the waves like they did once before, we may still be dealing with the discrimination to that extent today.

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