Progressive Era

The Progressive Era (1890s-1920s) was an attempt to respond to the social and economic problems of the Gilded Age through activism and reform. Initially a social movement, it eventually grew into a political movement as well, addressing issues such as poverty, corruption, poor work conditions, alcohol abuse, and the disenfranchisement of women.

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Prohibition agents destroying barrels of alcohol

Prohibition

The Prohibition Era was a period between 1920 and 1933 when the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was in effect. This amendment prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transport of alcohol in the United States. For decades leading up to the passage of the 18th Amendment, reform groups within the temperance movement had worked to eliminate …Read More

Women's Suffrage Picket Parade

U.S. Women’s Suffrage

Women’s suffrage in the United States of America, the legal right of women to vote, was established over the course of several decades, first in various states and localities, sometimes on a limited basis, and then nationally in 1920. The demand for women’s suffrage began to gather strength in the 1840s, emerging from the broader …Read More