Early 20th Century

  • Changes in Government

    Changes in Government

    Most of the Founding Fathers believed in a government that gave states and communities the power to make decisions on local issues. They worried that a powerful Federal government had the potential to become corrupt. The Constitution was written with the goal of limiting Federal power and protecting individual liberty.…


  • Women’s Right to Vote in Wyoming

    Women’s Right to Vote in Wyoming

    The U.S. Constitution didn’t prohibit women’s right to vote, but it didn’t guarantee it either. Until 1920, when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, states were allowed to decide the issue. Interestingly, it wasn’t the “progressive” states of New England and the East Coast that first gave women the vote, but…


  • The Progressive Era

    The Progressive Era

    The Industrial Revolution of the 1800s changed life in America forever. Urban areas grew quickly and, for the first time, a small percentage of Americans (one percent) controlled 70 percent of America’s wealth. People began seeking change. Many Americans began fighting to solve the problems of widespread poverty, unfair working…


  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

    The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

    The late 1800s to early 1900s were a time of hope and optimism as the middle class enjoyed greater prosperity and comfort than ever before. Yet, immigrant factory workers in New York City worked in dismal conditions just blocks from the mansions of wealthy factory owners, never taking part in…