The Progressives believed several things to be important. The Progressives believed that the growth of industries and the growth of cities caused social problems for our society. They believed the government had to be involved in solving these problems. A laissez-faire attitude would only allow these problems to continue to exist.
The Progressives believed that people should be more involved in political matters. They felt political power was in the hands of wealthy and powerful. Thus, they supported the direct primary, the initiative, the referendum, the recall, and the direct election of United States Senators. They believed these reforms would give average people more political muscle.
The Progressives believed that unregulated businesses would do what was in the best interests of the businesses instead of the best interests of the society. Therefore, they supported laws that regulated child labor, established safer working conditions, and monitored the actions of businesses. The Progressives believed everybody should be treated fairly and compassionately.
The Progressives saw problems in society. They set out to correct those problems by bringing them to the public’s attention and getting laws passed to make the necessary changes.