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Progressivism was a reform movement that took its name from republicans who lef the party in 1912 to join Roosevelt's new progressive party
Progressivism emerged first and most strongly among young, mainly protestant, middle class americans who felt alienated from ther society.
Progressives wanted to rid politics of corruption, tame the power of the "trusts" and inject more liberty into the american life.
They first appeared in municipal politics, organizing movements to oust crooked mayors and break up local gas or streetcar monoplies. They carried their fights to state and eventually the nation.