Compare and/or contrast the current Progressive movement or contemporary Progressive politics to the Progressivism then (American Progressive movements of the late 1800s and early 1900s).
Political reforms and social activism dominated the Progressive Era between 1896 -1916. The vital objectives of the movement were political corruption, urbanization, immigration, and industrialization. The activity aimed at curbing the injustices experienced in the public domain. Therefore, it mainly targeted the political machines and the other corrupt representatives in the various offices. The championed idea was that the eradication of the evil systems would result to direct democracy. The monopolies were to be controlled, and the antitrust laws were adopted to benefit the legal competitors. The abolition of alcoholic beverages was enhanced to bring down the local bosses located in the saloons, and others did it via religious motivation (Anyon & Jean, 2009). The Efficiency Movement's urgency was vital to alleviate the medical, scientific, and engineering sectors.
The new progressivism advanced the insignificant society steps; in contrast, the 1800s progressivism differed. The 1800s occurred due to America's rapid industrialization and urbanization. During the period, millions of Americans shifted to the West, others to urban centers, and the African Americans migrated to the northern cities. The challenges in the society like greed, racism, poverty, and poor health were eradicated via better education, increased workplaces, safer environments, and honest governments. In contrast, the new progressives believed in scientific advancement and technology.
Political reforms and social activism dominated the Progressive Era between 1896 -1916.