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Upton Sinclairs book The Jungle published in 1906 helped advance the Progressive Era Sinclairs book was aimed at convincing the readers that socialism was far better than capitalism but instead the readers focused on the abuses of the meat-packing industry This book was just one of the causes that made the Progressive Era so progressive The Progressive movement was filled with reformers who sought to make the government more democratic to eradicate unhealthful and dangerous conditions in cities and factories and to curb corporate power These reformers did not want to destroy capitalism entirely they merely wanted to regulate it Within these reformers there were journalists and novelists who spread progressivism with their writings Most articles were detailed accounts about harsh labor conditions and the evils of corporations President Roosevelt thought of the articles as too one sided and christened their authors muckrakers after a character in John Bunyans Pilgrim Progress who spends all his time raking up filth Upton Sinclair is one of the most famous muckraking authors of the time Along with Sinclair many other authors exposed different factories and labor conditions For example Maria Van Vorst wrote about a shoe factory where caustic dye was used and the womens fingernails rotted off because of it Because of the Progressive Era the government added new amendments to the Constitution and passed Acts changing current regulations Between 1913 and 1920 four new amendments were added The Sixteenth allowed for the authority to tax income The Seventeenth mandated the direct popular election of US senators Because of the great increase in alcoholism the Anti-Saloon League had propaganda relating alcoholism to the home work and politics In response to all the propaganda the government passed the Eighteenth which made it illegal to consume alcohol at any age prohibition The last amendment that was passed during the Progressive Era was the Nineteenth which granted women the right to vote Also because women had to resort
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