DBQ Essay

Essay by alexanicoleHigh School, 11th gradeA-, October 2014

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Often in history, people have worked to bring about social, political, and economic change in societies. For example, reformers in the United States have worked to change society during the late 1800's and early 1900's. There were a myriad of goals of reformers in the United States. There was also a plethora of methods used by reformers to help bring about change in society.

One goal reformers tried to achieve was women suffrage. Suffrage means the right to vote. Not having suffrage hurt women badly, because women had to follow the laws, but they had no say in the government. The stereotype for women was that they were weak and that they had to stay home and always take care of the children. This was not the case for most women. Most women thought that they were being treated unfairly. Another goal reformers tried to achieve was to end child labor.

Child labor is when young children go to work. In sweatshops, children worked long hours under unsanitary conditions. As you can see in the picture, Lewis Hine's photo of young boys removing bobbins while the machine is operating is very dangerous. This is because if the young boy's hand or feet gets stuck in the machine, they might get torn off. You can also see that the young boy is barefoot. This is very dangerous, because it makes his chance of getting a limb torn off even higher. (Document 4). Also, the safety equipment was so badly damaged and ruined that you could not even use it. An example to show you how badly the safety equipment was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. This fire took place on March 5, 1911. This was a fire that killed 146 people. These people were mostly women and children. This incident...