Progressivism - I Progressive Roots I In the beginning of...

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 I. Progressive Roots I. In the beginning of the 1900s, America had 76 million people, mostly in good condition. Then before the first decade of the 20th century, the U.S. would be influenced by a “ Progressive movement " that fought against monopolies, corruption, inefficiency, and social injustice. o The purpose of the Progressives was to use the government as an agency of human welfare. II. The Progressives had their roots in the Greenback Labor Party of the 1870s and 1880s and the Populist Party of the 1890s. III. In 1894, Henry Demarest Lloyd exposed the corruption of the monopoly of the Standard Oil Company with his book Wealth Against Commonwealth , while Thorstein Veblen criticized the new rich (those who made money from the trusts) in The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899). IV. Other exposers of the corruption of trusts, or “ muckrakers ,” as Theodore Roosevelt called them, were Jacob A. Riis , writer of How the Other Half Lives , a book about the New York slums and its inhabitants, and novelist Theodore Dreiser , who wrote The Financier and The Titan to attack profiteers. V. Socialists and feminists gained strength, and with people like Jane Addams and Lillian Wald , women entered the Progressive fight. II. Raking Muck with the Muckrakers
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