Social Darwinism: Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer, And William Graham Sumner

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Social Darwinism is a theory that individuals, groups, and races are subject to the same laws of natural selection as plants and animals. The weak individuals would decrease and the strong individuals would grow in power. Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer, and William Graham Sumner, and more philosophers are all associated with social Darwinism. They all have different views on it.
Charles Darwin developed Darwinism. He focused more on the development of plants and animals. He developed the idea of natural selection. Natural selection is the process where an organism who adapts to their environment better than any other organism tends to survive and produce more offspring. The organisms change over time as a result of changes in physical and behavioral traits.
Herbert Spencer believed that Social Darwinism was “survival of the fittest”. The “survival of the fittest” was the outcome of competition between the
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The Progressives were against Social Darwinism. They feel the problems that society face such as poverty, poor health, violence, racism, and class warfare could be fixed by providing good education, a safer environment, a better workplace, and an honest government. I totally agree that society need those things for the community to be better. The Progressives wanted consumer rights and a clean government. The problems that the progressives were facing are still being faced today. There is child labor, temperance, education, and more. Factory workers only wanted cheap child workers. The children in the factory would work 16-hour shifts in dangerous conditions. Progressives try to find the root cause of social problems. Alcohol addiction was one of the problems. Education became a social mechanism for creating industrious Americans. The Progressives and Sumner would not get along because they both believe in the complete

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