Political Theory Of The Progressive Era

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From 1890 to 1920 the United States went through a difficult time when people started realizing that they need to be in charge of their own life. People realized that they were being over worked and were getting little to no pay. Also people realized that the government was rarely involved in big businesses, who were dominating the economy. Who are the Progressives? What social groups did the Progressives represent? What political system or “reformed” society did the Progressives seek? All of these questions were answered by the historians, Gabriel Kolko, Joseph Huthmacher, and George Mowry.
Huthmacher and Mowry had a different view of who they thought Progressives were. Huthmacher believed, “Urban lower class provided active, numerically strong, and politically necessary force for reform”. He also stated the urban lower-class was accountable for the majority of change because they are the ones that were affected the most. They were the ones that lived in the depths of the city and experienced the true effects of the government not being involved.
Mowry believed that wealthy and the more educated of the middle class were the progressives. This consensus was the
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As time went on businessmen realized that if they to matters into their own hands things would started getting out of hand. Businessmen soon understood that, “Only the national Government could rationalize the economy” (Kolko, 22). Overtime the businessmen were begging for help from the government to regulate other industries and the monopoly they controlled. Although, “It was not the existence of the monopoly that caused the federal government to intervene in the economy, but the lack of it,” this caused many businessmen to grow angry (Kolko,

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