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Posted March 1, 2011 at 11:11 AM via web

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What factors stimulated the reform movements of Progressivism?

What factors stimulated the reform movements of Progressivism?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 1, 2011 at 11:20 AM (Answer #2)

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There were many factors that stimulated the reforms of the Progressive Era.  Some examples are:

  • Increasing number of immigrants.  During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the US received huge numbers of immigrants.  The poverty of those immigrants and their somewhat foreign attitudes led many to want to reform them.
  • Rise of the middle class.  Most progressives came from the middle class.  For example, the women who started the settlement house movement were middle class women who were educated and who wanted to do something to improve society.  This would not have been so possible a generation before when there were fewer middle class people with the leisure to take on charitable work.
  • Rise of big business.  This led to harsh working conditions in the factories of the Progressive Era.  These conditions upset many when they became known (partly through muckrakers) and led to many of the attempts at regulation of the economy.
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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 1, 2011 at 3:54 PM (Answer #3)

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Among the factors that led to the progressive movement were the abuses of big businesses, particularly the business trusts, and political corruption from machine politics. Progressive reformers wanted more government regulation of business, even suggesting at one point that the railroads should be nationalized. They also promoted better working conditions for women and the abolition of child labor. The Triangle Shirt Waist Company fire led to new workmen's compensation laws and improved safety conditions. A famous Progressive statement was that the cure for the ills of democracy was more democracy.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM (Answer #4)

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Women were heavily involved in Progressivism. It was also a time when more people were ready to get involved in politics. The country was young and optimistic. There was a feeling that all social ills were and could be addressed by legislation, but people could not take care of them on their own.
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jchoi98 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM (Answer #5)

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There are many factors that stimulated reform movements. First are the horrible working conditions of factories. Many workers were injured or killed and the US had the highest rate of industrial accidents. About half a million workers were injured and thirty thousand workers were killed per year. This included children and women. In the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, one hundred forty six workers, mostly women, were killed because the management locked the exits for fear of theft. This stimulated the reform movements for better working conditions and end of child labor. Another factor is the increasing number of immigrants. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the US had a huge number of immigrants coming over. The poverty of many immigrants led to the stimulation of reform movements since more immigrants meant overwhelmed municipal sanitation, education and fire protection services.  

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jchoi98 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM (Answer #6)

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What factors stimulated the reform movements of Progressivism?

What factors stimulated the reform movements of Progressivism?

There are many factors that stimulated reform movements. First are the horrible working conditions of factories. Many workers were injured or killed and the US had the highest rate of industrial accidents. About half a million workers were injured and thirty thousand workers were killed per year. This included children and women. In the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, one hundred forty six workers, mostly women, were killed because the management locked the exits for fear of theft. This stimulated the reform movements for better working conditions and end of child labor. Another factor is the increasing number of immigrants. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the US had a huge number of immigrants coming over. The poverty of many immigrants led to the stimulation of reform movements since more immigrants meant overwhelmed municipal sanitation, education and fire protection services.

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