Unformatted text preview: American life. They believed the source of society’s evils lay in the structure of its institutions, not in the weaknesses or sinfulness of individuals. Therefore loyal, state, and national government must be made more responsive to the will of citizens who stood for the traditional virtues. These crusaders would wage war on many evils- monopoly, corruption, inefficiency, and social injustice. Its single battle cry was “Strengthen the State”. Why? Because… Writers had already begun, even before 1900 to pinpoint the targets for the progressive attacks. Writers such as 1894 Henry Demarest Lloyd writing against Standard Oil in Wealth Against Commonwealth, and Jacob A Riis in 1890 his account of the NY slums in How the Other Half Lives deeply influenced TR....
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