The lasting effect of the New deal, Progressive Era, and the Great Society has had a great and long lasting effect on American
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The lasting effect of the New deal, Progressive Era, and the Great Society has had a great and long lasting effect on American Society. I will cover the similarities in each of these eras and I will point out some differences that I feel they share. The Progressive Era is the time period between 1895 and 1920 during this time period there were many different events occurring such as idealism, reform, and a large economic growth. Coming into this time period people held a lot of resentment toward political corruption and many reformers felt it was affecting the daily operation of the government as well as society in general. These fears came from the fast growth of industrialization and with this fast growing mass production environment many people moved close to the factories thus causing urbanization. People were also concerned of the recent down fall in the economic system of the 1890's and these same middle class people were also concerned about the actions of large businesses. The Progressive movement was concerned with giving the power back to the people and take it away from those in high powerful political standing and from big businesses. Small business owners wanted a chance to grow and to be competitive as well as giving the laborers a voice farmer still wanted reform.
The New Deal was meant to create relieve too those suffering, and to prevent such a disaster from happening in the future. In the first few years of the New Deal the major concern was to set up shelters and soup kitchens to feed the many people effected by the depression. The federal government knew that they had to assist or 'handout' material goods to those struggling and the administrations thinking had to take on a new way of thinking. It was a drastic change from the thinking aspect that the government should not help people out and they should help themselves. As the New Deal progressed it now could focus on ways to prevent such a disaster from happening again. The NRA was created in 1933 this would allow business to draft codes of fair competition. This would include such things as fair prices, wages, working conditions, and credit terms. This would allow employees to organize and bargain for wages, for the business to be exempt from some anti-trust laws. This law was found to be unconstitutional by the U.S Supreme Court in 1935. Another big reform that came out of the New Deal that still has a huge impact on America today was the Public Works Administration.
This can be related to the unfair practices of blacks not being given good paying jobs. This discrimination could also be found in the women's movement into the workplace. They were given lower paying jobs and not equal rights that were given to the dominant group during this time period the white, male. The wars on poverty sow the creation of such things as the Job Corps, which provided skill training for young people. Assistance for those wishing to attend college through work-study. Head start programs where started to help low income families with there young child's early education. The many local programs that were stared would soon be abolished because the local politician did not want the responsibilities and wanted the local funding to go elsewhere. They war on poverty would come under criticism by the republicans and some hard working Democrats who would call it a hand out for the lazy. This stereotype would still affect the system today. There has been mixed reviews in the war on poverty some positives are poverty fell from 20% to 12% and during Johnson's Presidency, 2 million people moved up and out of poverty. I feel that these programs and reform have a lot in common but they do have some differences. Most of the reform that came from these time periods still affects us as Americans today. Word count 1368 ?? ?? ?? ?? 1
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