THE PROGRESSIVE ERA
What were their motives
Government reform- Federal and state/local
FEDERAL: All helped get reforms passed in their respective states. In addition, reforms first proposed by the Populist Party were enacted in order to make state governments more responsive to the needs of the people.
Most Important Reform in the era
Can you imagine not being able to vote even though a constitutional amendment said you could? African Americans were disenfranchised (which means excluded) through voting restrictions. One of the Progressive political reforms of the era was direct primary elections. However, in the South, the primaries were limited to white-only participation, excluding African Americans and driving them out of politics.
Another way African Americans were excluded from voting was the grandfather clause