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The Progressive Era. Part 1: Origins and Ideas. What was Progressivism?. Progressivism was a widespread belief linking the idea of progress to the idea of government-imposed reform. Characteristics of the Progressive Movement. Diffuse and Diverse Elitist

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The progressive era

The Progressive Era

Part 1: Origins and Ideas


What was progressivism
What was Progressivism?

Progressivism was a widespread belief linking the idea of progress to the idea of government-imposed reform.


Characteristics of the progressive movement
Characteristics of the Progressive Movement

  • Diffuse and Diverse

  • Elitist

  • Tended toward Darwinism and Atheism


Origins of the progressive movement
Origins of the Progressive Movement

Charles Darwin

On the Origin of Species,

1859


Aspects of the progressivism
Aspects of the Progressivism

Philosophy:

  • William James

    • Pragmatism


Aspects of the progressivism1
Aspects of the Progressivism

Education:

  • John Dewey

    • “Progressive Education”


Aspects of the progressivism2
Aspects of the Progressivism

Journalism:

“Muckraking”

  • Lincoln Steffens

    • The Shame of the Cities

  • Ida Tarbell

    • History of Standard Oil Company

  • Upton Sinclair

    • The Jungle

    • The Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906)

“I aimed at the public’s heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.”

~Upton Sinclair


Aspects of the progressivism3
Aspects of the Progressivism

Religion:

“The Social Gospel”

  • Walter Rauschenbusch


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Aspects of the Progressivism

Law:

Sociological Jurisprudence

  • Louis Brandeis

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


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