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The Progressive Era (1890-1920) marks a unique period of social change in American history not only because of reformists' muckraking attacks against political machines and other corrupt social practices, but also because gender permeated every aspect of reform. The doctrine of separate spheres, which had been such a mainstay of Industrial Revolution-era America, was blurring rapidly, as many reformists, like suffragists, pressed for greater gender equality. However, an extremely fascinating characteristic of this period that is often overlooked is the inevitable way in which the performance of gender became essential for reformists to be successful.
Spear, Cambri McDonald, "Reforming the Performance of Masculinity: Stephen Crane's Critiques of Riis's and Roosevelt's Civic Militarism" (2014). Undergraduate Honors Capstone Projects. 582.
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