What was the basic ideology of the Progressive movement?

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The basic ideology of the Progressive movement was one that called for using the power of the government to rein in big businesses and to enforce "better" behavior on the lower classes.  The Progressive movement was dominated by middle class people who wanted to make the other classes conform to their ideas.  They wanted businesses to stop being greedy and exploitative, which led to reforms such as "trustbusting."  They wanted the lower classes to behave in more "proper" ways, which led most notably to Prohibition.  In these ways, we can see that the driving ideology was one which called for greater government intervention to achieve progressive aims.

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