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This is a free, online textbook that also contains links to Documents and External Links. 'The Progressive Era actually started long before 1900 and continues in many ways to the present time, for American has been in the business of reform from its earliest existence as a nation. Yet the Progressive Ear as designated by...
This is a free, online textbook that also contains links to Documents and External Links. 'The Progressive Era actually started long before 1900 and continues in many ways to the present time, for American has been in the business of reform from its earliest existence as a nation. Yet the Progressive Ear as designated by historians—roughly 1900 to 1916—was a “just in time” phenomenon. Had Progressivism for some reason not gotten off the ground, the country could well have seen far more violence and upheaval than actually happened. By the end of the 19th Century much of America was a tinderbox. Cities were crowded with millions of immigrants, working conditions were appalling, and corruption darkened politics from the local level to the highest institutions in the land. Some thing had to be done, and it was. Although the progressive reformers did not fix everything, there was little that escaped their fury.'