Progressives had lofty goals for political, social and economic reform, but
realized little actual policy change.
Progressives pushed for the nomination of candidates through a direct vote by
The Progressive Era represented the apex of racial equality in America.
Grass Roots Progressivism
The New Deal transformed the Democratic Party.
Choose one example of this transformation.
The Democratic Party embraced the ideas of small government, fewer
regulations and individual responsibilities.
President Franklin Roosevelt formally approached Congress to act on civil rights,
including enacting a federal anti-lynching law.
Party dominance by white Southerners was challenged by new members,
including northern liberals and African Americans.
Democratic leadership in individual states assumed responsibility for their own
economic stability and prosperity.
Under Franklin Roosevelt’s leadership, the Democratic Party gradually transformed into
a new political coalition. By the end of the 1930s, many black voters had shifted
loyalties from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party as a result of the attention
paid to issues of race and civil rights during the New Deal by Eleanor Roosevelt. As a
result, the dominance of the party by white Southerners was somewhat lessened.