Progressive Movement Essay

627 Words Oct 24th, 2011 3 Pages
US History
The Progressive movement was more a triumph for liberalism than for conservatism, as we can see in the change in democracy, economy and the role of the government. Defining conservatism, it can be described as the maintenance of traditional institution, and social ideology. It tends to preserve and emphasize stability and continuity. However during the progressivism, the progressives had made a lot of improvements and reforms in education, social welfare, economy, which can be regarded as liberalism. From 1901 to 1917, government started to regulate the economy by intervening the free market maintained during the Glided Age. As Teddy Roosevelt became the president, he strengthened the government’s ability to regulate
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She also advocated an eight-hour workday, a ban on child labor and legal protections for immigrants. She called for compulsory education, woman suffrage, women unions and improved sanitation. As the reforming progressed, more people realized that only a strong central government could preserve democracy and promote social progress. For example, the "Square Deal" program that consisted of 3 parts: control of the corporations, consumer protection, and conservation of natural resources, enacted by President Roosevelt helped promote the interest and the life of the people. And in shortening the distance between the poor and the rich, and alleviating the disputes between the workers and the corporation, the government played a vital and active role, as we can see from how President Roosevelt handled the coal strike in Pennsylvania. In 1902, coal miners in Pennsylvania went on strike and demanded a 20% raise in pay and a workday decrease from 10 hours to 9 hours. When mine spokesman, George F. Baer refused to negotiate, President Roosevelt stepped in a threatened to operate the mines with federal troops. A deal was struck in which the miners received a 10% pay raise and an hour workday reduction. And not long after that, the Congress, aware of the increasing hostilities between capital and

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