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To what extent did progressivism and imperialism recognize and support the same notions and values about America and its place in the world? 

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Progressivism and imperialism shared similar assumptions about the mutability of human beings. Progressivists and imperialists alike believed that people could be radically changed by social engineering, molded into something better, stronger, and morally superior.

They both operated on the prejudice that white, Protestant middle America offered the template for how people should think, act, and behave. Progressivists were at the forefront of well-meaning attempts to turn immigrants into "real" Americans through citizenship education. This condescending attitude towards The Other was replicated overseas, where colonial administrators saw themselves as part of a civilizing mission to bring the cultural and economic benefits of the West to the natives.

Though Progressivists and imperialists both stressed the importance of environmental factors in determining character, they also, paradoxically, believed that certain races and social groups were inherently more likely to display negative...

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