Progressive Era Essay
Events in the Progressive Era going on were the Civil Rights Movement, improvements for life in cities and spike in immigration at home. Abroad, the US built the Panama Canal and involved with foreign relations. The US expanded democracy at home, but not abroad during the Progressive Era.
The US did expand democracy at home, opening up opportunities to do the right thing for the country. Unions were formed to protect worker's rights and make sure there was good pay and worker's compensation. Workers were valued and could not be fired for no reason. Muckrakers like, Upton Sinclair exposing workers life in the Chicago stockyards, as shown by primary source #8, which is an excerpt of The Jungle. The journalists did a good thing by researching how our products are made. The creation of settlement housing/community centers made it easier to have access to various resources. An immigrant could go to these places to get the help they needed or whatever they wanted to do. The many things that resulted from people like Jane Adams or Upton Sinclair, helped make life better in the US.
The US did not expand democracy abroad, only causing conflict with other countries. The Treaty of Versailles put all the blame of World War I on Germany, when other countries were at fault too. How it was unfair that only one country was punished for other countries involvement leading to World War I. The Panama Canal being built, while the Roosevelt Corollary was in place by primary source #8, which a cariacture of the Roosevelt Corollary. The US will negotiate before they use force, even though they can anger countries that way. Woodrow Wilson's Dollar Diplomacy stated that any country that was unstable, the US would intervene. There was disregard for what the citizens thought and the government had no control. The US getting involved with other countries was by surprise and caused conflict with them.
At the US, there were many innovations to make life better...