The Progressive Party was founded on the idea that government was no longer working for the benefit of the people as was intended by the founding fathers, and that the people had the right to demand that reform. The Progressive Party saw the needs of the nation changing as grew. The party believed the people should be able to amend the Constitution as necessary to insure that it stayed relevant.
In the interest of universal equality, the Progressive Party supported limiting states' rights and allowing the government to intervene in areas in which some states' laws were perceived as unfair in comparison to others'. At the time the Progressive Party was formed, there was also a great uprising against industrial cruelty and what was viewed as the greed of those who had made their fortunes in industry. There was rising awareness of work conditions. The Progressive Party sought to eliminate poor working conditions by ending child labor, establishing a minimum wage and limiting the amount of hours that laborers could be forced to work each week. The party was also highly interested in the conservation of national resources.
The Progressive Party was also known as the Bull Moose Party. Its most famous proponent was Theodore Roosevelt.