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Unit 9: The Progressive Era


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The Big Picture: 

The unrestrained capitalism and laissez-faire attitude of politicians during the Gilded Age resulted in a variety of problems and exposed a need for reform. The Progressives, led by investigative journalists and urban reformers, attempted to clean up America’s problems. While neither a unified nor wholly successful movement, progressives gained success in protecting the urban poor, improving urban infrastructure, restraining monopolies, regulating commerce, monitoring political corruption, expanding democratic opportunities, reforming the American tax and monetary system, conserving the environment.