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  •  There was some movement (4+ / 0-)

    towards government policies that would encourage the development of a middle class after the Gilded Age, and before the Great Depression. It was the Progressive Movement of the early 20th century that really got things started in the right direction. The writings and photographs of people like Jacob Riis and Upton Sinclair went a long way towards shocking ordinary Americans about the sufferings of the poor and, Teddy Roosevelt made the connection to monopoly business practices explicit. The organized labor movement was also winning battles (and they were often bloody) more and more by the end of the 19th century.

    Here's a very useful timeline of American labor history.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 11:46:13 AM PDT

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