The Progressive Era

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Several people were active in social reform and leaders of civil rights during this time.
Among those were “muckrakers” who used their journalistic ability to expose social injustices and corruption.
Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)
Upton Sinclair, an author whose novel, The Jungle, showed the horrid conditions of the meat packing industry and immigrants strife in America.  This novel awakened a public outcry which helped to lead to the passing of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and the Meat Inspection Act of 1919.
Susan B Anthony (1820-1906)
Susan B Anthony was a leading women’s activist, an abolitionist, lecturer and author.    She is best known for her stance of granting women the right to vote and own property.  Anthony was the leader of the National American Suffrage Association.  (In 1979, she became the first non-fictitious woman to be on US currency.)
Ida B Wells (1862–1931)
Ida B Wells, born a slave in Mississippi, was aleader for women’s rights and social reform.  She was an African-American journalist, editor, and civil rights leader. Some of her writings included factual accounts of lynchings done to blacks including those who had supposedly committed rape and robbery.  She lectured in Europe to raise awareness regarding the racial injustices that were occurring in the United States.

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Word Lists:

Factual : concerned with what is actually the case rather than interpretations of or reactions to it

Journalistic : relating to journalists or journalism

Stance : the way in which someone stands, especially when deliberately adopted (as in baseball, golf, and other sports); a person's posture

Supposedly : according to what is generally assumed or believed (often used to indicate that the speaker doubts the truth of the statement)

Awareness : knowledge or perception of a situation or fact

Abolitionist : a person who favors the abolition of a practice or institution, especially capital punishment or (formerly) slavery

Lecturer : a person who gives lectures, especially as a profession

Injustice : lack of fairness or justice

Activist : a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change

Racial : relating to the major groupings into which humankind is sometimes divided on the basis of physical characteristics or shared ancestry


Additional Information:

Rating: B

Words: 227

Unique Words : 135

Sentences : 18

Reading Time : 1:00

Noun : 108

Conjunction : 23

Adverb : 2

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 19

Pronoun : 11

Verb : 27

Preposition : 26

Letter Count : 1,121

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Formal

Difficult Words : 82

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