Organizing principle of American history.

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Pioneers of Progressivism and Their Motivation

Class and status conflicts in the nineteenth century were the primary driving force for men to be reformers. Although the reformers had different roles, including businessmen, urban elitists, workers, and farmers, their social position was the primary motivation for progressivism. Insecurities and tensions between different groups, as pressures and threats from other social groups, influenced a reform.[1]. The tremendous power held by the big business as they grew larger and bigger was a major concern. Some recommendation was to break down the monopolies into smaller companies to restore competition in the market. Another major concern was regulations to prevent corruption and ensure the big companies could bring power and economic advantage to the country. Some progressives argued the need for the government to have tighter control of the economy. Others were motivated by radicalism and socialist perspectives to promote communal control of wealth. By acquiring the ownership of some big companies, the government could use them to promote the public good.

[1] Thelen, David P. “Social tensions and the origins of Progressivism.” The Journal of American History 56, no. 2 (1969): 323-341.

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