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What critiques do Henry George and Edward Bellamy make of industrial America
Please read and answer the questions below in paragraph format. The questions are based on the readings from Voices. You should write one 8-12 sentence paragraph for each question. Two paragraphs total. Each paragraph must contain at least one excerpt from Voices in support of your answers/arguments. Submit your answers to the Dropbox.
1.) What critiques do Henry George and Edward Bellamy make of industrial America? What solutions do they offer for industrial America’s ills, and would you have supported their ideas?
2.) What do Frances Willard, Charlotte Gilman and Margaret Sanger argue about the ‘place’ and purpose of women? What events/happenings during the late 1800s and early 1900s are related to their ideas?
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The industrial progress in America was attained at the great cost of human lives. Writers of the time, such as Edward Bellamy and Henry George captured in words the social problems and poverty of the gilded age. They also represented the ideals of a better society and wealth equality that the masses were dreaming of at the time. In addition to earning extremely low wages after working long hours, thousands of railroad workers, people working in the steel mills, textile mills and the mines died, got injured or were crippled. These ominous working conditions distressed the working class leading to radicalism, rebellion, socialism and anarchism. George and Bellamy articulated poverty as a social crime and illustrated how poor people were not at fault but were victims of the crime of poverty. I would have definitely supported their ideas because I agree that poverty is the doing of man through ignorance, selfishness and injustice and that the suffering of the poor is unnecessary (Zinn and Anthony 215).
Feminists such as Frances Willard, Charlotte Gilman and Margaret Sanger supported the socialist ideals against oppression and exploitation. They believed that women should be allowed more freedom to pursue their interests and should not be tied down by housework, procreation or child-rearing. Their work and contributions as suffragists in the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S played a great role towards the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. This amendment to the constitution of the United States, outlaws sex as a basis for the qualification or disqualification to vote; the right to vote is no longer denied to women based on their sex. Willard, as the leadership of Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was particularly influential during the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment against alcoholic beverages.