Progressivism And The New Progressive Movement Essay

1336 Words Apr 21st, 2016 6 Pages
When the giants of business began to exponentially grow and poverty levels substantially started to rise and immigration was viewed as a highly controversial issue, voices crying for change began to challenge the way Americans perceived the concept of democracy during the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. If politicians could be bought, what hope was there for the poor? If immigrants were to be treated as secondhand citizens, what promise did the country have of ever expanding national influence? If women were to remain subordinate to men, how were the thinkers of this era ever going to be able to tap into the resource that was approximately half of the nation’s (and the world’s) population? If laborers were to be seen but not heard, would the business sector ever value human life? All of these issues were addressed through the new progressive movement. Progressivism is defined as “a broad-based response to industrialization and its social byproducts. ” The first strikes were delivered to chisel away at a rock hard mentality of superiority and a crippling fear of change. This new America would provide hope for “the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. ” It would be a fight, but it would be won. As read in The Enduring Vision: Volume II, the federal government was practically paralyzed during the 1890s due to the overwhelming supremacy of the business elite. In response to the lack of aid they could provide, the farmers and laborers joined the…

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