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9.1 Origins and Goals of the Progressives. Goals of Progressivism. The Progressives picked up where the Populists left off Four Goals: 1 . Protecting Social Welfare: improving the lives of the less fortunate

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goals of progressivism
Goals of Progressivism
  • The Progressives picked up where the Populists left off
  • Four Goals:
  • 1. Protecting Social Welfare: improving the lives of the less fortunate
    • Groups like the YMCA and Salvation Army tried to meet people’s basic needs (food, shelter, etc.)
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Goals of Progressivism
  • 2. Promoting moral development: the big push was against alcohol
    • Groups like the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union highlighted “Christian” reasons for avoiding drinking.
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Goals of Progressivism
  • 3. Economic Reform: a strong push to limit one’s ability to become mega-rich.
    • Ida Tarbell helped turn popular opinion against major companies like Rockefeller’s Standard Oil
    • People blamed big businesses for economic problems
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Goals of Progressivism
  • 4. Fostering Efficiency: make the most amount of stuff with the least amount of time/resources
    • “Taylorism:” timing every little process in a factory to make small improvements.
    • Makes prices of goods cheaper, which means we can own more things
local and state govt
Local and State Govt.
  • In cities, they were takin’ down the “Bosses!”
    • Progressives wanted cities run by experts, not just anybody
  • “Fighting Bob” La Follette was a Progressive governor, attacking the railroads
  • Child-labor laws were passed at the state level
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Local and State Govt.
  • Lawyer Louis Brandeis argued that people needed rest, employers should shorten work shifts
    • In Muller v. Oregon, Supreme Court agreed that workers needed the govt.’s protection from harsh working conditions