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Progressive Era: Videos

Social Realism and the Gilded Age

Immigration in the Progressive Era

Immigrants struggled to assimilate in American culture during the Progressive Era. Many banned together and created their own reform groups. Settlement houses taught immigrants English and about American culture.

The Presidents: 1885-1913

A part of the series America in the 20th CenturyThis program provides an excellent overview of the times, underscoring the importance of women’s suffrage, the Square Deal, the temperance movement, and other signal initiatives. In addition, many of the era’s movers and shakers are spotlighted, including Upton Sinclair, Eugene Debs, Jane Addams, Jacob Riis, Ida Tarbell, and “Battling Bob” LaFollette. 

Women in the Progressive Era

There were limited job opportunities for women and the Women's Suffrage Movement was still working for the right to vote. The Progressive Era helped their efforts and the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. The Temperance Movement also grew in popularity.