Thursday, July 18, 2013

#Progressive Era America: It's Time For A Change! #history #USA #America

My great grandparents Dallas and Lina McCardle

It's Time for a Change
   Who were the Progressives?

The Progressive Era was an interesting time in American history that lasted from the 1890's to the 1920's. When thinking about the Progressive Era its important to keep in mind the generation that were adults during this time were children of Civil War veterans. The Civil War had been the bloodiest was ever fought in the United States at that time. More than 620,000 lives were loss and there were over 1,100,000 causalities. Most of the families where these men and women grew up in were broken homes due to the war.

Another thing to keep in mind is that these young adults had not only grown up with the aftermath of the Civil War but had grown up in the Victorian Era. Queen Victoria had reigned over Great Britain from June 20, 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901. She had greatly influenced the social customs in Great Britain and the United States. Victorian society had many strict rules and regulations a person had to follow in order to be accepted by family, friends and society. Society was based on a class system that made it almost impossible for anyone to raise their standards of living. When Queen Victoria died her son, Edward came to the throne. King Edward VII brought forth the Edwardian Era which lasted from 1901 to 1910. The cultural transition from Victorian to Edwardian Era was slow for the older generation but the children of the Civil War veterans were quick to adapt. In the United States the Edwardian Era is more commonly known as The Gilded Age.

The Progressive Movement began during the late Victorian Era and lasted until the end of the Edwardian Era. The movement was at it's height at the beginning of the 20th century. There were many social injustices that occurred under the Victorian Era that the children of the Civil War veterans wanted to see changed. They were tired of living under the strict Victorian societal rules that caused discrimination, prejudice and social injustice. They wanted a progressive reformation.

Join me Tuesday as we learn about Asperger's Syndrome then again on Thursday as we continue with our in depth look into the Progressive Movement of the Early 20th Century.

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