Social Studies - 2017-18

USII.4e - Progressive Era

The student will demonstrate knowledge of how life changed after the Civil War by

e)  describing the impact of the Progressive Movement on child labor, working conditions, the rise of organized labor, women’s suffrage, and the temperance movement.

Blooms Level: Remember

Adopted: 2008


Big Themes/Concepts: Reform, Rights, Success, Society, Equality, Regulation

Reform movements attempt to address the inequities of society. 

Workers' rights have improved over time. 

Successful businessman during the Gilded Age stopped at nothing to achieve great wealth. 

Society's need for development often creates changes in values. 

Equality struggles are still taking place today. 

Society influences laws and policies. 

Workers' strength are in its numbers. 


The effects of industrialization led to the rise of organized labor and important workplace reforms.

How did the reforms of the Progressive Movement change the United States?

How did workers respond to the negative effects of industrialization?


Negative effects of industrialization

·  Child labor

·  Low wages, long hours

·  Unsafe working conditions

Rise of organized labor

·  Formation of unions: Growth of American Federation of Labor

·  Strikes: Aftermath of Homestead Strike

Progressive Movement workplace reforms

·  Improved safety conditions

·  Reduced work hours

·  Placed restrictions on child labor

Women’s suffrage

·  Increased educational opportunities

·  Attained voting rights

  Women gained the right to vote with passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

  Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton worked for women’s suffrage.

Temperance movement

·  Composed of groups opposed to the making and consuming of alcohol

Supported the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and transport of alcoholic beverages

Analyze and interpret primary and secondary source documents to increase understanding of events and life in United States history. (USII.1a)

Make connections between the past and the present. (USII.1b)

Sequence events in United States history. (USII.1c)

Interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives. (USII.1d)


Progressive Movement, organized labor, woman's suffrage, temperance movement, American Federation of Labor, Homestead Strike, 19th Amendment, Constitution, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 18th Amendment. 

Updated: Aug 17, 2017