Was the Progressive Movement successful?

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mkoren | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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To determine if the Progressive Movement was successful, I will explain the goals of the movement. The goals of the Progressive Movement were to expose problems that existed in society and to do something about them.

There were problems in the workplace. People worked in unsafe factories with long hours, low pay, and terrible working conditions. Kids also worked in these factories. As a result of the Progressive Era, laws were passed to prevent children from working. These laws also required them to go school. Laws were passed to help workers injured on the job. Laws also established rules for safer working conditions.

There were no laws protecting consumers. People were eating spoiled meat and buying falsely labeled food and medicine. This changed with the passage of the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act.

There were issues in politics. People had little say in what was happening politically. As a result of the Progressive Movement, people directly elected their United States Senators. The initiative, referendum, and recall were developed. The direct primary also was created. People were more involved in politics.

Big businesses had a lot of power. Laws were passed to allow unions to form. Laws were passed to control the actions of big businesses. Agencies were developed to monitor activities of businesses.

Based on the above information, do you feel the goals of the Progressive Movement were accomplished?

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