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How was the New Deal a culmination of the era of progressive reform?

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heather-locke | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 14, 2011 at 10:25 AM via web

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How was the New Deal a culmination of the era of progressive reform?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 14, 2011 at 10:31 AM (Answer #1)

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The New Deal was the culmination of the Progressive Era because it was during the New Deal that the government really took much more of a role in steering the economy and in protecting working people.

For example, in the New Deal, Congress passed the Wagner Act.  This act ensured that workers would have the right to join unions and that the unions would have the right to bargain collectively.  This was an important step in reducing the power of big companies and enhancing the power of workers.  Reducing the power of big companies was a major goal of progressive reforms.

Similarly, during the New Deal, Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act.  This law set minimum wages for workers and also established maximums on how long they could be required to work.  Once again, the government was trying to protect workers from big companies.

In this way, the New Deal can be seen as a culmination of the Progressive Era because the New Deal programs did various things to reduce the power of big business and to help workers.

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