Progressive Era Dbq

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During the tail end of the 19th century and into to 20th, the United States emerged as one of the fastest growing industrious nations in the world. This time included major urbanization as more and more Americans moved away from agriculture driven lives to industrial work in the cities and the third largest wave of immigration into America. This industrial era transformed New York City’s economy, which caused a greater disparity between the wealthy and the lower classes as the rich got richer and everyone else became poorer. As immigrants assimilated to an urbanizing American culture they dealt with the issues of a working class citizen, long working hours, low wages, and poor working conditions. Many feared that this era positioned American society on the decline, as large corporations, monopolies and trusts, gained more wealth and exerted their influence on the political policies of New York. In an …show more content…
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire served as a major catalyst to this reform. This fire sparked flame that would propel the progressives to victory in seeing changes in American workplace reforms. “Progressivism” was a large and diffuse movement, and those involved didn’t always agree with the other sides ideas on either the problems to be tackled or the solutions to those problems, and sometimes .

Progressives were made up of the most pivotal elements in the era inspired the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: female strikers, strike leaders, and powerful and influential reformers. Most progressives shared common characteristics in that they were middle class, usually white, female, professionals who were deeply Christian and nonpartisan. The main goals of non-radical progressives were to reform horrific factory working conditions, social injustice towards immigrant and minority communities, and political