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6-1 The Roots of Progressivism The Rise of Progressivism Progressivism was a collection of different ideas and activities Series of responses to problems in American society growth of industry *** Who were the progressives, and what did they believe caused social problems? *** Who Were the Progressives? Progressivism Partly a reaction against laissez-faire economics Believed that industrialization and urbanization had created many social problems Progressives Most were urban, educated, middle-class Americans. Among their leaders were journalists, social workers, educators, politicians, and members of the clergy Agreed that government should take a more active role in solving society’s problems Government had to be fixed before it could be used to fix other problems Thought they could improve society with their strong faith in science and technology The Muckrakers Muckrakers Crusading journalists Investigated social conditions and political corruption Widely circulated, cheap newspapers and magazines helped spread the muckrakers’ ideas Targeted government and social problems Ida Tarbell and Charles Edward Russell Concentrated on exposing the unfair practices of large corporations. Lincoln Steffens Reported on vote stealing and other corrupt political practices of political machines Jacob Riis How the Other Half Lives (1890)
Published photographs and descriptions of poverty, disease, and crime that afflicted many immigrant neighborhoods in New York City What groups of people made up the Progressive movement? Progressives came from both political parties and included reformers and journalists who hoped to solve social problems . Reforming Government Making Government Efficient Progressives Saw corruption and inefficiency in city government Commission plan Divided city government into several departments, with each one under an expert commissioner’s control Council manager system Employed a city manager who was hired by the city council Commission system Galveston, Texas, adopted in 1901

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