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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,


aspects of the progressivism
Aspects of the Progressivism


  • William James
    • Pragmatism
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Aspects of the Progressivism


  • John Dewey
    • “Progressive Education”
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Aspects of the Progressivism



  • 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

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Aspects of the Progressivism


“The Social Gospel”

  • Walter Rauschenbusch
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Aspects of the Progressivism


Sociological Jurisprudence

  • Louis Brandeis
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.