Analyze how World War I was, in an ironic sense, the climax of Progressivism.

World War I can be seen as the climax of Progressivism in that America's entry into the war was the ultimate Progressive cause. President Wilson, and the Progressives who supported him, believed that the war was a moral crusade to make the world safe for democracy.

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The entry of the United States into World War I has often been seen as the ultimate betrayal of Progressivism and its high ideals. Certainly, many Progressives at the time regarded it as such and became actively involved in the peace movement. To them, the war was irrational and uncivilized,...

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The entry of the United States into World War I has often been seen as the ultimate betrayal of Progressivism and its high ideals. Certainly, many Progressives at the time regarded it as such and became actively involved in the peace movement. To them, the war was irrational and uncivilized, and the United States should have nothing to do with it.

Yet there was a large number of Progressives, including President Wilson, the man who took the United States into the war, who regarded the conflict as a noble cause. In that sense, one could say that America's entry into the war represented the climax of Progressivism, the cause to end all causes.

Progressives had consistently displayed crusading zeal in the fight for democracy in America, particularly in their campaigns to clean up municipal politics, which were notoriously corrupt.

When World War I came along, many Progressives transferred their zealous advocacy of democracy from the United States to Europe. They firmly believed that in participating in the war, America was fighting to make the world safe for democracy.

Just as Progressives had brought the benefits of democracy to millions of Americans by cleaning up politics, so they believed that the same benefits would be brought to the people of Europe by an armed crusade for democracy.

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