Chapter 15 Section 1 Notes X The Rise of Progressivism Progressives had many different ideas about how to fix the problems they saw in American society. Who Were the Progressives? After seeing the poverty of the working class and the filth and crime of urban society, reformers began doubting the free market's ability to address those problems. Most agreed that government should take a more active role in solving society's problems. Science and technology had benefited people; thus, progressives believed using scientific principles could also produce solutions for society. The Muckrakers Among the first people to articulate progressive ideas was a group of crusading journalists who investigated social conditions and political corruption. Other muckrakers targeted government and social problems. Lincoln Steffens reported on vote stealing and other corrupt practices of urban political machines.
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