Industrial revolution in America led to social, political and economic vices. Poor working conditions, slavery, corruption, exploitation of labourers and poor governance became common. People looked up to the federal government for protection against opportunist and better life but, it failed. This work looks at the importance of the progressive Era reforms for 20th century in America.
Social activists championed for better working conditions, acceptance of mentally ill people and abolition of slavery. Jane Addams provided settlements for the hopeless, poor urban dwellers. Through it, adult education about cultures was available. Dewey and Lester Ward set up a comprehensive and universal education that promoted democracy. Education targeted specific needs of various people. Increase in complexity of the urban school system provided employment for female teachers and senior teachers to mental learners
William U’Ren and Robert La Follette thought that the average citizens were to posses more control of the government. The fight for direct democracy bore direct election of senators, initiatives, referendum, the calls and direct primaries. Proper waste disposal mechanisms were adopted and people received better services through municipal administration. The centralized powers within the legislature became locally focused paving a way to a better structured system. It witnessed better transactions, making of legal processes, beauracratic administration and better management of democracy. The Oregon System presented reform catalysts that included the “the Corrupt Practice Act” among others leading to Third party disaster in1912.Pro labor reformists like Samuel Gompers worked for the abolition of industrial monopoly that suppressed competition necessary for progress
In conclusion, the progressive Era marked the beginning of the transitions much needed by the American citizens. It called for accountability of the government and a friendly society to accommodate people of all kinds.