FRQ Unit 5 #1 2-11

FRQ Unit 5 #1 2-11 - Trevor Grabhorn 2-23-11 Period 2 The...

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Trevor Grabhorn 2-23-11 Period 2 The progressive movement of 1901-1917 was a triumph of conservatism rather than a victory for liberalism. Assess the validity of this statement. Some may claim that the Progressive movement of 1901-1917 was a triumph of conservatism rather than a victory for liberalism. In fact, the opposite is true. The Progressive movement was more a triumph for liberalism than for conservatism. Progressivism was based upon the ideas of the former Greenback Labor Party, and sought the same goals: control of trusts, killing the political machine, and to improve living conditions. These goals were all more or less accomplished under the legislation of Presidents Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson. In addition many key progressive reforms were made during the Progressive era. Theodore Roosevelt was more than just an admired public figure, he was idolized and attracted devotion and attention. He was popular among reformers but was for the most part decidedly conservative. He became president when William McKinley was assassinated in 1901. He had already achieved a reputation of a “wild man” due to his independence and lack of party leader’s ability to control him. President Roosevelt wanted the Federal Government to be a mediator of public good with the president at the center, which helped lead to the new policies for industrial combinations. He did not want abuse of power. At the heart was the power to investigate the activities of corporations and publicize results, later gaining him the “trustbuster” claim. He also wanted to
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This note was uploaded on 07/29/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '10 term at Baltimore City.

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FRQ Unit 5 #1 2-11 - Trevor Grabhorn 2-23-11 Period 2 The...

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