The Progressive Era
After the Civil War, the challenges presented by a developing industrial economy helped to encourage the progressive movement of the late 19th & early 20th centuries. The political and economic landscape had changed fundamentally. Many argued that industrialization, technological innovation, urbanization, big business, and large accumulations of wealth threatened equality of opportunity and the common good. Special interests were said to dominate the political process to the benefit of the few. Broadly understood, American populism and progressivism sought to respond to these perceived challenges.
This seminar will examine in-depth primary sources (found here) that illustrate this era of reform.