Segregation and the Civil Rights Movement

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How was the Civil Rights Movement similar to the Progressive Era?

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Both the Progressive Movement and the Civil Rights movement aimed to use the government as a means of improving society, specifically the lives of those who were disadvantaged. Although the methods pursued were not the same, the aims of both movements were similar: social progress. One member of the Progressive Movement stated:

The real heart of the movement is to use the government as an agency for social welfare.

In many ways, the same can be said of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Progressive Movement brought about such changes as the direct election of senators, the Pure Food and Drug Act, and numerous state laws which regulated or eliminated child labor. The Civil Rights Movement was more narrowly focused than was the Progressive Movement; it's aim was to ensure that minorities were treated equally under the law. Equality in this instance meant equality of education, access to public facilities, and the right to vote, among others. Among its accomplishments, aside from court ordered...

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