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The time period from the very late 1890s through the end of World War I is often

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The time period from the very late 1890s through the end of World War I is often referred to as the Progressive Era. It’s interesting to look at what was happening during that time period and what contributed to the notion that the age was “progressive.” For your essay response, elaborate as to why that particular time period was progressive? How do you define progressive? And based upon your definition of progressive, what about the age made it appear progressive? And time periods are often named as a way to distinguished them from the time periods either immediately prior to or following that period. So do you believe that there was something happening prior to the Progressive Era, perhaps in the 1880s and early 1890s that contributed to the rise of progressive changes during the first decades of the 1900s? If so, what? Make sure that you produce a strong, coherent argument. Imagine that you are debating with me regarding the topic. Give me plenty of specific examples (names, events, laws, etc.) to support your argument. It is the specific examples that convince me that you understand the topic. Make sure you write an essay – i.e., multiple paragraphs with a strong introduction and conclusion. Remember – three sentences does not make up an essay.

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