In poverty and left many working people

     In the
20th century, Americans were also facing problems with illness along
with poverty. In a world where missing
work due to ill health, also signified the loss of your salary. This loss of
income, even more than the cost of medical care, made sickness a major cause of
poverty and left many working people homeless. In 1915, progressive reformers
proposed a system of compulsory health insurance to protect the working class
against both loss of wages and medical costs during sickness. This program
took form after already existing associations in European countries and were
successful amongst women and others who were especially interested in maternity
benefits, birth control and health care. As well as fighting for health care
benefits, progressives launched campaigns against common diseases such as
malaria, hookworm, and tuberculosis and fought to give senior citizens the proper
care they required. To improve public health
as a whole, progressive reformers also lobbied for water regulations, departments
of health, sanitary codes for schools, and laws prohibiting the sale of
adulterated foods and drugs in order to control such diseases. With these campaigns progressives were able to decrease mortality
through-out the country thanks to healthcare and helped control many common
illnesses.

     Urban Progressives created public parks,
hospitals, and museums but most notably, they fought to preserve natural areas1 (Roosevelt and Conservation).
Under Roosevelt’s leadership they fought western cattle barons, large
industries and even powerful congressmen. Being the first president to have
lived and worked in the West, he began his presidency convinced that there was
a desperate need for better management of the nation’s rivers and forests as well
as the preservation of wildlife and wilderness. He advocated for the
efficient use of natural resources and was willing to allow cattle grazing,
lumbering, and even the development of hydroelectric power, as long as
businesses were doing such activities responsibly and did not threaten to
monopolize these natural resources. With congress being mostly
conservative they attempted to stop Roosevelts conservation programs but he
fired back by opening up more reserves, and through-out his presidency leaving
more than 234 million acres of wilderness of protected lands.

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1 Roark
,James L.  The American promise:
a history of the United States .Vol. 1Boston,MA:Bedford/St Martin’s,2017,
599.

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