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America's History in the Making

The Progressives

A Visit from the Old Mistress. 1876. dup of 2151

By the early 1900s, many Americans had left rural areas and moved to cities to take jobs in factories and offices. Although workers often lived in miserable conditions, city life attracted many newcomers because of an alluring consumer culture and new freedoms for young adults. Activist citizens started reform movements that worked for public education, labor rights, women's rights, the safety of the nation's food supply, and the conservation of natural resources—even though some of these movements often conflicted each other.Start Here

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The Freedmen's Bureau

A growing industrial labor market drew people to cities from elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. Manufacturing and advertising created a new consumerism, and young people in particular more freedom by weakening the controls over personal behavior previously exercised by families and small communities. More

Arrival of Negro family in the lines

The increasing damage created by a burgeoning commercial and industrial economy had many convinced that only government regulations could protect the public. More

A golden spike was driven at Promontory Point, Utah

Progressive era reforms often worked at odds to each other, resulting in both more democratic and anti-democratic social and political structures. More

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