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Revised 7-17-2016 The Progressive Era History 1053 What is Progressivism? This is a follow up of the Populist movement. This is a highly debated question. Wide-ranging reform Movement of the early 20 th Century The Progressive Era was defined as the wide ranging reform Movement of the early 20 th century. It started around 1901 when Roosevelt became President, and ended around 1924. The concept of movement is usually defined as a large number of people thinking the same thing and working towards the same goal. This is also reform, we wanted to change things for the better. Progressivism is specific to this time period. It is an activist movement trying to solve many of the current problems. Political response to industrialization This is a direct political response to industrialization. After a while, there were broad acceptances to their beliefs. The Progressives wants to be nicer, and wanted everybody to have an easier time in the economy. Reform, not revolution The majority of Americans accept capitalism, and there is not much need for a change. This is now an attempt to find a middle ground. Reform nothing new, but This type of movement is something new, by appearance. The most important movement was the Abolition movement. We then get the WCTU (anti-drinking) and the Lost Cause movement. A major change about the progressive movement was the attitude toward modern society. They said that the government was a tool that we could use to improve society. Wanted to make rules about economic and corporate behavior, and wanted to government to supervise and make sure everything is okay. Social Darwinism is a philosophy that says government should do nothing to solve problems, it is not their role. It says that only you are responsible to what happens to you. Progressives directly oppose social Darwinism. Progressivism is also rural, Populism was not. Who were the Progressives? Charles Beard says that it was Americans working against the wealthy. “An extension to Populism” “The white middle class” Included nearly every segment of society Progressivism cuts across all social lines, workers, farmers, different religions, rich, poor. Mostly everybody from this time refers to themselves as Progressives. Some support some ideas. None will support all ideas. All played some part in reform Regardless of who you are, you will do things to try and improve society and human condition.

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