Progressive Era (Roughly 18901920)


Various reform groups with various causes developed in the US in the late 1800s and early 1900s; these are loosely called Progressives as they aimed to use government policies or science to improve and advance society. Also, this period was a time when the US started as a major player in international conflictsfirst in the Spanish American War and then in World War I. There were deep isolationist sentiments about such overseas entanglements, and President Wilson first has one position and then the other.

Choose and discuss (in a full paragraph or two) one of the following two topics related to the late 1800s and early 1900s.

  1. In the Progressive Era (roughly 18901920), multiple groups advocated for reforms in various aspects of government, society, and the economy. Discuss here the muckrakers and Taylors scientific management.
    • Explain briefly the approach and aim of the muckrakers and that of F. W. Taylor.
    • Compare their approaches and describe your feelings about them, and relate some modern situation that reminds you of one of these approaches and reform causes.
    • Identify the source(s) where you read about the reform cause.
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