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(Ca. 1880-1920)

Industrialization and urbanization changed American society in fundamental ways. Reform movements grew in response to these new realities. Urban settings made it easier for people to organize reform movements and recruit new members. The women's suffrage movement, the Progressive movement, the rise of the temperance movement, and the growth of a number of additional labor, health, and educational reform movements developed as individuals and groups worked to solve society's new challenges.

Possible Guiding Questions to Consider:

  • Why do people turn to reform movements?
  • What conditions must exist for a reform movement to begin?
  • Why were some methods used to bring about change more successful than others?
  • How have today's social and political reforms been affected by those that took place from the 1880s to the 1920s?
  • How is daily life today influenced by earlier social and political reform movements?
  • What process is required to amend the U.S. Constitution? What inferences can we make about U.S. history by studying amendments to the Constitution?

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