Progressives were reformers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who believed in creating a "new" America, a new order to replace the old order that didn't have to deal with the economic, political and cultural changes borne from the shift from an agrarian society to an urban society. The Industrial Revolution and modern capitalism brought social ills that the Progressive movement sought to ease, believing that the democratic ideals and social justice espoused by ideals of the Founding Fathers could co-exist in this new world.Continue Reading
The nation's influx of immigrants coming from Southeastern Europe to compete for low-wage jobs at the time caused great anxiety among the nation's mostly Protestant middle-class citizens. Moreover, there was concern over the large corporations that were controlling a greater share of the nation's finances.
To ameliorate these concerns, the Progressives formed, believing they had a social responsibility and a civic duty to help the less fortunate. Their era is marked by a sweeping national effort for reform, in which the need for change and for everyone to get involved and be responsible for the nation's ills took place. President Theodore Roosevelt also endorsed the need for reform for everyone in the country, from farmer to factory workers.Learn more about Political Parties