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The Progressive Era


The Progressive Era was a time of far-reaching social, economic and governmental changes that occurred from the late 1890’s to the First World War. Men and women, rich and poor, white and black, Republicans and Democrats strove for often radical reforms in an attempt to “modernize” and advance the country.

From the Labor Movement to labor laws, from suffrage to temperance, election reforms to safety, and even conservation, the Progressive Movement was an effort to cure many of the ills of American society that had developed during the great spurt of industrial growth in the last quarter of the 19th century.


You will be placed into the following groups (see projection for group assignments) to determine which specific sub movement had the most significant and lasting impact on society:

  • Labor
  • Temperance
  • Government
  • Women’s Suffrage
  • Consumer Protection


Step 1: Take no more than ten minutes to read (and watch) from the links above.

Step 2: Each group member must read one of the following to gain insight into the reasons for reform. As you read, record your answers on the sheet provided. 

  • Labor
Progressive Era Reform
Working in The Jungle
National Consumers League
Florence Kelley
The Triangle Factory Fire


  • Temperance
The Temperance Movement
Temperance Leaders and Terms
Women’s Christian Temperance Union
Prohibition: A Case Study
End of Prohibition in the U.S.


  • Government
The Progressive Party
Political Machines
Election Reforms
Clayton Antitrust Act
Federal Trade Commission Act


  • Women’s Suffrage
The Fight for Suffrage
Susan B. Anthony
Vote “No” on Suffrage
Suffragists Arrested
19th Amendment


  • Consumer Protection
The Jungle
Muckrakers & Reformers
Pure Food and Drug Act
Meat Inspection Act


Step 3: Each group will create a presentation using PowerPoint, Google Sheets or Prezi where you will describe how your sub movement had the most significant and lasting impact on society. You will upload it to Google Classroom and then each presentation will be presented tomorrow, followed by a discussion (debate?) on which sub movement had the most significant and lasting impact.


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Historical Accuracy
Description of Importance