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In A People's History of the United States, how does Howard Zinn describe the development of socialism during the Progressive Era?

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In Chapter 13 of A People's History of the United States, "The Socialist Challenge," Zinn describes socialism as arising from class anger that developed in response to the harshness of ordinary life. Famous writers such as Mark Twain and Jack London were incensed by American military actions abroad during the Spanish-American War and by the reality of life for the working class. As a result, they were drawn to socialism.

In addition, Zinn writes that hundreds of thousands of ordinary American workers were drawn to socialism in reaction to the police crackdown on strikes, as the police and the law took the side of business owners. As a result, socialism began to spread from circles of Jewish and German immigrants to states such as Oklahoma, where socialism took root among tenant farmers, coal miners, railroad workers, and other members of the working class. It also appealed to feminists.

Socialism was, in fact, so popular that progressivism arose as a response to socialism. Zinn writes...

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