The Progressive Era Research Paper

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The Progressive Era Katie Husak 20th Century American History July 26, 2014 Progressivism was a social movement that grew into a political movement. This reform movement ran from the late 19th century through the first decades of the 20th century. Progressivism is a term applied to a variety of responses to the economic and social problems rapid industrialization introduced to America. (The Progressive Era). Leading intellectuals and social reformers sought out to address the economic, political, and cultural questions that had arisen in the context due to the rapid changes brought on by the Industrial Revolution and the growth of modern capitalism in America. These Progressives believe that the changes that were happening were marking the end of an old order and required the start of a new order which would be appropriate for the new industrial age. The Progressive movement included both the Democratic and Republican parties, as well as some members of a third party that focused on specific issues. The Progressive name derived from forward-thinking that its supporters sought to advance. (Progressive Movements, 1995-2014). The Progressives were made up of an elite group of upper to middle-class people who had this…show more content…
There were also many political leaders such as Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt who had political thoughts on how to make changes; also thinkers such as Herbert Croly and Charles Marriam. The Progressives some times had different opinions on the problems of the nation and how to resolve them but they generally shared the same view on the fact that the government at every single level must be actively involved in the reforms. They believed that the constitutional system was outdated and had to be more
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