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In the beginning of the 20th century, a wide array of progressive-era projects aimed at improving and modernizing metropolitan everyday life. These didactic initiatives, working top-down, brought together a cross section of civil movements at a time when many federal and municipal organizations were still in the bud. These uplift and reform campaigns zoomed in on sanitation, working conditions, childcare, education, and recreation. Initially, the campaigns mainly had a local focus such as clean-up campaigns, milk, and child care campaigns, but their range gradually expanded with the aspiration to engage with localities across the U.S. and eventually outside American borders.
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