Progressives and Our Political System

Progressives and Our Political System

Progressives and Our Political System
The progressives are a political party that was formed in 1912. During the years 1880- 1950 populists lay the groundwork for progressives. Rural people were asking help from the government. Populists create own party to get the government to help them. They cannot get subsidies but they can collateralize farm loans. However, populists were not successful. They were a minority and rural. Progressives changed our political system in many different ways; however, I believe that recall, initiative and referendum are the most important changes in our political system.
Between 1877 and 1890 over 6 million people left farms to form big American cities. Modernized factories and steel formed jobs and urbanized America. New comers tended to be poor. Government would find them a job and get them housing and people would have to vote for what their boss wanted. Education was free but girls only attended half day because they didn?t need to learn much. The boss system was totally corrupt and one-sided. City reformers and populists got together to get government to be responsive to the needs of people.
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