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The role of The Progressive Movement in the history of the United States of America.
The Progressive Era was the first major period in American political development to feature, as a primary characteristic, the open and direct criticism of the political and constitutional theory of the American founding. While criticism of certain of the founders’ ideas could be found during any period of American history, the Progressive Era was unique in that such criticism formed the backbone of the entire movement. In almost any progressive text that one may pick up, the reader is reminded that the Constitution is old, and that its principles were conceived in response to circumstances that have long ago been replaced by a whole new set of pressing social and economic ills.

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The Progressive Movement was an effort to cure many of the ills of American society that had developed during the great spurt of industrial growth in the last quarter of the 19th century. The frontier had been tamed, great cities and businesses developed, and an overseas empire established, but not all citizens shared in the new wealth, prestige, …
In what did the Progressives believe? Some historians have argued that the Progressives' context was political only on its surface – that at its core it was religious, an attempt by Americans from all social classes, but chiefly the middle class, to restore the proper balance among Protestant moral values, capitalistic competition, and democratic processes, which the expansion of business in the Gilded Age seems to have changed in alarming ways. Progressives wanted better and fairer competition and they wanted every citizen to participate in the polity. Such views can be either reactionary or enlightened, depending on context, and among themselves Progressives disagreed on practically every specific proposal. In other words, they agreed on the need to foster more morality in society, but disagreed about how to accomplish it.

 

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The U.S. Constitution, as its framers understood it, was a means to an end. It was crafted and adopted for the sake of achieving the natural-law principles referred to in the Declaration of Independence. The progressives understood this very clearly as well, which is why many of the more theoretical works written by progressives feature sharp attacks on social compact theory and on the notion that the fundamental purpose of government is to secure the individual natural rights of citizens. While most of the founders and nearly all ordinary Americans did not subscribe to the radical epistemology of the social compact theorists, they did believe, in fashion, in natural law, and that men as individuals possessed rights by nature—rights that any just government was bound to uphold and that stood as inherent limits to the authority of government over individual liberty and property. The robust regulatory and redistributive aims of the progressive policy agenda were inevitably at odds with the natural-law theory of the founding. This basic fact makes understandable Woodrow Wilson’s admonition (in an address ostensibly honoring Thomas Jefferson) that, “if you want to understand the real Declaration of Independence, do not repeat the preface.” Do not, in other words, repeat that part of the Declaration that draws on the natural law and enshrines natural rights as the focal point of American government.


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From outside the ranks of Progressivism, other men and women also presented programs for shaping social choices in industrial America. Sometimes they joined forces with the Progressives and adopted similar methods. One of these groups was industrial workers who, compared to the middle-class Progressives, suffered greater divisions among themselves and possessed less power over others. The Knights of Labor (1869-1890) and American Federation of Labor (that began in 1886) represent two different approaches to organizing workers, with the Knights accepting workers of all skill levels, both sexes and races, while the AFL organized only skilled workers who were male and white. Both groups shared the Progressives' goals of abolishing child labor and establishing the eight-hour day for workers.

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The Progressives and groups who worked along with them grappled with some of the toughest problems created by industrialization. And, while these groups did not always agree and some might argue that their goals have yet to be completely achieved, the Progressive Movement had a powerful and lasting impact on American life.

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As to where they focused their attention, many Progressives argued for, and indeed achieved, significant political changes at the local, state and national levels that increased popular control of government. These changes include direct primaries, the elimination of boss rule, the direct election of Senators, the first regulations on campaign finances, the adoption of the referendum, initiative and recall in many state legislatures, prohibition of the sale and production of liquor, and women's suffrage. Progressivism also produced three presidents – Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft and Woodrow Wilson – whose achievements comprise what some consider to be this movement's most important legacy.