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    Alliances of Progressive Era Women

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    In an essay consisting of five pages this paper discusses Cheap Amusements by Kathy Peiss in this overview of the alliances of women during the Progressive Period. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    Women of the Progressive Era and their Alliances Written by Susan A. Nelson - July, 2001 For More Information On This Paper Please Visit  /aftersale.htm During the Progressive Era (1896-1920), women were on the rise and came even more into their proverbial own. Moreover, with this  newly- claimed freedom they understandably sought to improve their overall condition and to many, this meant staunch rebellion. This essay examines the cross-class/ cultural alliances that were formed between women  as a result of the Progressive reformers activities, and the limitations inherent in those relationships. To further elucidate these connections, Kathy Peiss book Cheap Amusements, Margaret Sangers frontline work  for nationwide birth control and other issues will be explored (Peiss, 1986 and The American Birth Control League, 2001). Immediately after the  Civil War, Susan B. Anthony, a strong and outspoken advocate of womens rights demanded that the Fourteenth Amendment include a guarantee of the vote for women as well as for  African-American males. Moreover, in 1869, Anthony and others formed the National Woman Suffrage Association, and later that year the American Woman Suffrage Association came into being. In  addition, the inauguration of President McKinley seemed to mark the end of an era fraught with domestic turmoil, and the beginning of a new period of unparalleled tranquility. Further,  prosperity was returning after the devastating panic of 1893 and across the nation, numerous aid societies were being organized. Astounding progress in industry and commerce was being effectuated as  well. However, coupled with these fortuitous changes other, more socially restrictive shifts were in the making (The Progressive Era 1900-1920, 2001). 

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