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industrialization broke loose in the Panic of 1893,
labor problems, political issues, and foreign
entanglements. Capitalism OUT OF CONTROL – Partially b/c of
the depression, many people started to realize
that capitalism, w/its monopolistic tendencies and
rampant destruction of natural resources, needed
just a bit of restraint. Screwed-Up Cities – Disease, poverty and crime
were often rampant. Immigration and the rise of a new socio-economic
elite – This made people nervous.
160 - The bottom line of Progressivism was basically this:
SOCIETY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND
SHOULD HELP THEM – as opposed to Gilded Age
every-man-for-himself Social Darwinism. This manifested
itself through a desire to: End Abuses of Power – Trust-busting, consumers’
rights, good government. Build New Institutions – Schools, hospitals, all that
crap. Be Efficient – “Wow! Let’s make our political and
social institutions just like factories!” Well, that
might explain the way school is, but anyway… Achieve Perfection – Yeah, they really thought it
could happen. Geez.
*Politics in the Progressive Era*
- During the PE, party loyalty and voter turnout declined
as politics opened to new interest groups, each of which
had their own agendas – i.e. the Progressive Era
witnessed the birth of that delightful phenomenon: the
nationwide [charitable] organization that calls your house
and asks you for money eight times a day. These
organizations included: professional groups, women’s
organizations, issue-oriented groups, civic clubs, and
minority groups. So, politics became more fragmented
- Politics also became more open to foreign models/ideas
and reform took on a far more urban orientation, as
opposed to the Populist movement that culminated in the
1896 election. This was partially due to the leadership of
the new middle class [professionals], who lived in the
161 - Another novelty was Muckraking Journalism – i.e.
journalists who combined the public’s love of scandal
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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