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many social welfare reformers worked to soften some of the harsh conditions of industrialization.
Florence Kelly became an advocate for improving the lives of women and children
other reformers felt that marality, not the work place, held the key to improvimg the lives of poor people.
these for,ers wanted immigrants and poor city dwellers to uplift themselves by improving thier personal behavior.
as moral reformers sought to change individual behavior, severe economic panic in 1893 promoted some americans to questions the capitalist economic system.
as result, some americans,especially workers, embraced socialism.
made progressive leaders put their faith in experts and scientific principles to make society and the workplace more efficient.
in defending an oregon law that limited women factory and laundry worker to a ten-hour day, lawyer louis d. brandeis paid little attention to legal argument
natural disasters sometimes played an important role in promting reform of city governments
in some cities mayors such as hazen pingree of detroit michigan and tom johnson of cleveland ohio introduced progressive reforms without changing how government was organized
comcentrating on ecomnomics, pingree instituted a fairer tax structure, lowered fare for public transportianion, rooted out corruption, and set up a system of work relief for the unemployed
under the progressive republican leadership of robert m. la follette, wisconsin led the way in regulating big business
"fighting bob" la follette served three as governor before he entered the u.s. senate in 1906
as the number of child workers rose dramatically, reformers work to protect workers and to end child labor.