The Progressive Movement in Texas


Texas History The Great Depression and World War II The Progressive Movement in Texas
Students learn about the impact of the Progressive Movement on Texas. They focus on notable reforms in Texas: the commission form of municipal government, electoral reform, women's suffrage, and prohibition.

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In this experience, students learn about the impact of the Progressive Movement on Texas. They focus on notable reforms in Texas: the commission form of municipal government, electoral reform, women’s suffrage, and prohibition.

Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of the Progressive Movement on Texas.
  • Describe the commission form of city government and electoral reform.
  • Explain women’s suffrage and prohibition in Texas as results of progressivism.


In the early 1900s, the Progressive Movement produced reforms in government and society across the United States. Texas reformers were part of this national movement and Texas citizens were impacted by the reforms in a variety of ways. Progressivism generally refers to the belief that government or people acting on its behalf can address social problems and inequalities facing the nation.

Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of the Progressive Movement on Texas.
  • Describe the commission form of city government and electoral reform.
  • Explain women’s suffrage and prohibition in Texas as results of progressivism.




Five-year old selling newspapers in Beaumont, 1913


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Students may be able to infer that the Progressive Movement wanted to help improve the lives of workers and the poor. In this case, they also wanted to stop the use of child labor.

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