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1917 Progressive Era Essay

Progressive Era Essays

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From president Roosevelt becoming a vegetarian to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the progressive era, foreign policy, and World War one were major parts of United States history. The progressive movement was caused by labor unions and the presidents’ progressive plans. World War one and Open Door Policy caused the American Foreign Policy. This in many ways helped shape and increase American power in the early 20th Century.

     The progressive movement was an effort made to help make America to be safer and make the economy better. Social Welfare and African American rights where things that improved during the progressive era. Election Reforms started to change so it would give more power to the people…show more content…

     The American Foreign Policy gave more power to the United States, which meant America’s dealings with other countries around the world. The true meaning to this was LAND = WEALTH = POWER. The Open Door Policy in 1899 was passed due to Secretary of State John Hay which he used Social Darwinism to write the Open Notes that opened the trading rights in Asia to the U.S. and other Western European Countries. A war broke out between Spain and U.S. when a letter was written criticizing the U.S. president and the explosion of the U.S.S. Maine. United States wins the war and gains Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. After That, U.S. Helped Panama gain independence from Colombia in return of building the Panama Canal which created a shortcut for military ships in the west coast to get faster to the east coast. Years pasted until in 1914, a war in Europe broke out due to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. United states stayed out of the war until 1917 due to four causes unrestricted submarine warfare, the sinking of Lusitania, economic relations with England and finally the Zimmerman Note. The note pissed off President Woodrow Wilson so he decides to declare war on Germany. The war was just trench warfare that led to new inventions. The war ended in 1918. Woodrow Wilson used his 14 points, which helped

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Goals of the Progressive Era Essay

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The term Progressivism implies a philosophy that promotes change/reform in the current political, economic, and social aspects of society while conservatism stresses gradual change in society but promotes tradition rather than change. The Progressive movement from 1901 to 1917 worked to improve aspects of society that grew out of problems which occurred during the Industrial Age. The goals of the "Progressives" were to stop monopolies, corruption, inefficiency and social injustices. Both progressive acts and amendments were being passed to deal with social ills, corruption in politics and corporate America. The period from 1901-1917 was more a victory for liberalism, mainly "modern liberalism", than a triumph of conservatism due to the…show more content…

The term Progressivism implies a philosophy that promotes change/reform in the current political, economic, and social aspects of society while conservatism stresses gradual change in society but promotes tradition rather than change. The Progressive movement from 1901 to 1917 worked to improve aspects of society that grew out of problems which occurred during the Industrial Age. The goals of the "Progressives" were to stop monopolies, corruption, inefficiency and social injustices. Both progressive acts and amendments were being passed to deal with social ills, corruption in politics and corporate America. The period from 1901-1917 was more a victory for liberalism, mainly "modern liberalism", than a triumph of conservatism due to the fact that multiple reform movements were occurring in this era changing political, economic, and social aspects in society to protect the rights of the common man.
To begin with, this era was more a victory for liberalism through many aspects one being politics. The first change progressives wanted in politics was the "initiative were voters could initiate laws instead of waiting for legislatures to do it. Another was the "referendum" were voters could vote proposed bills into law, once again taking power away from the legislatures and giving it to the people. Others included the recall, where voters could remove elected officials from power, the secret or "Australian Ballot" which allowed for more privacy when voting thus encouraging a more

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