Name 12 progressive goals of The Progressive Reform Era.

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There were many goals of the Progressive movement, some of which were realized. One goal was getting women the right to vote. This was made possible with the Nineteenth Amendment. Another goal was outlawing the use and sale of alcohol . This started with the Volstead Act but proved...

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There were many goals of the Progressive movement, some of which were realized. One goal was getting women the right to vote. This was made possible with the Nineteenth Amendment. Another goal was outlawing the use and sale of alcohol. This started with the Volstead Act but proved to be a failure. Another was a graduated income tax. Still another progressive goal was ending child labor. This was made possible later in the New Deal. Another Progressive goal was to end business trusts. This happened with the Sherman Anti-trust Act. The Food And Drug Act regulated what businesses could sell to consumers and mandated government inspections of meatpacking plants. Another was to outlaw lynching; even with the work of Ida B. Wells, lynching continued well after the Progressive Era.

At the state level, Progressives called for referendums to put measures directly on the ballot and the ability to recall leaders from office if they proved unfit. Another Progressive piece of legislation was the direct election of senators. Another piece of legislation attempted to regulate working conditions—this happened after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911. Sadly, this did not come to pass until well after the Progressive Era ended. Another part of Progressive legislation was to limit working hours. Once again, this would not be widespread until the coming of the New Deal much later.

There was a great deal of Progressive legislation that happened during the early 1900s, but some of it took place either during the New Deal or through the Great Society. Through the work of muckrakers and efforts at the grassroots level, Progressive legislation has improved the lives of many Americans.

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At some point, your collection has to be confirmed with an outside source like a classroom text or instructor.  The initial goal of the Progressivists was to demand power from the bottom up.  This took on many forms.  Muckrakers, for example, were journalists that sought to empower the public through information about unfair business practices and government collusion with business.  Sinclair and Tarbell would be two excellent examples.  At the same time, another goal was to empower as many groups as possible, such as African- Americans, Women, as well as those who were underprivileged from an economic standpoint.  Thinkers like Washington, DuBois, Paul, Catt, and Riis were instrumental in bringing about this type of Progressive Change.  Politically, there was a desire to reform government.  LaFolette of Wisconsin, Presidents Roosevelt, Arthur, Taft, and Wilson all held Progressive beliefs and their actions while in office represented Progressive Goals.

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There are probably particular goals that you are supposed to get from your book or from your teacher's class notes.  So I do not know if these will be phrased the way your teacher expects them to be.  I think you should look in your notes or book.

With that warning:

  1. Votes for women
  2. Regulation of big companies
  3. An income tax
  4. The initiative
  5. Secret ballots
  6. "Americanization" of immigrants
  7. Temperance/prohibition
  8. Minimum wage laws
  9. Maximum hour laws
  10. Direct election of senators
  11. Nonpartisan city elections
  12. Destruction of urban "political machines"

Overall, the Progressives wanted to limit the powers of the big companies and the machine/party politicians, and they wanted to "improve" the poor and immigrants.

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