A period in U.S. history between 1890 and 1920 in which social activism and political reform were the motivating factors. Progressive activists tended to be middle-class reformers and politicians who sought rational and scientific solutions for prominent social issues. Ending political corruption, expanding democracy, combatting poverty, and breaking industrial trusts were among Progressives’ principal goals. The Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were all acheived by Progressive politicians in the 1910s.
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