Progressivism facts for kids
Progressivism generally means any political movement that wants to change government for the better. It is the opposite of conservatism. It most often refers to a political movement in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the United States, these people wanted to change politics, which was at that time run by big business and corrupt political machines. Most of the people who believed in the Progressive Movement were part of the middle class. Some of the leaders of the progressive movement were Theodore Roosevelt, Hiram Johnson , William Howard Taft and Robert M. LaFollette.
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John Gast, American Progress, c. 1872. The right side of the painting shows white settlers and modern technology arriving and the area is depicted in brightness. The left side of the painting shows indigenous people and wildlife leaving and the area is depicted in darkness. In the middle is an angelic female representation of "manifest destiny" – the concept and agenda that promoted westward territorial expansion of the United States as a necessity.
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