New York in the Progressive Era: Social Reforms and Cultural Upheaval 1890-1920

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The Progressive Era ushered in one of the most transformational periods in New York’s history. The excesses of the Gilded Age led to the rise of numerous social and political reform movements. These justice-seeking endeavors reached all corners of the state, including women’s suffrage meetings in Seneca Falls, civil rights efforts in Niagara Falls, early environmental conservationism in the Adirondacks and the rooting out of corruption in Albany. In New York City, photographer Jacob Riis documented tenement life in the Lower East Side, bringing awareness of “how the other half lives.” Lillian Wald founded the Henry Street Settlement house, providing healthcare and pioneering quality-of-life initiatives for the state’s impoverished citizens. Reformers sometimes fell short, as prohibition backfired among the public and too often civil rights for African Americans took a back seat within progressive goals. Author Paul M. Kaplan charts the turbulent times of the Progressive Era throughout New York State.
ISBN: 9781467143486
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Images: 64
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Paul Kaplan writes critically acclaimed books in three series: Cultural Guides (Jewish New York: A History and Guide to Neighborhoods, Synagogues, & Eateries and a sequel for Jewish South Florida), Social History and Biography (New York’s Original Penn Station: The Rise and Tragic Fall of an American Landmark, Lillian Wald: America’s Great Social and Healthcare Reformer and a children’s book on Irving Berlin) and Business Marketing (Content Marketing for Success: Build Your Brand and Generate Leads). He has been featured on numerous radio shows, including Woodstock Booktalk, America’s Dining & Travel, Let’s Travel Radio and Writer’s Voice. His books have been on PBS-WNET and CBS Miami. He’s been featured in several newspapers and magazines, including the New York Press, Princeton Magazine, Amsterdam New York and Reminisce magazine. He gives book tours to numerous organizations at venues throughout the United States. Kaplan earned a BA in ethics, politics and economics from Yale College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Kaplan maintains a career as a marketing director for the publishing, technology, educational and financial industries. His website is
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