To what extent was progressivism an expression of Americas old utopian tendencies, and to what extent was it a reaction common to all industrializing nations?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It was a little bit of both.  

On the one hand, the desire for the government regulation of business was a reaction that was fairly common to all industrializing nations (democracies, at least).  Such nations had large working classes who pressed for regulations to ease their plight.

But American progressivism had a strong utopian and moralistic streak.  It was also concerned with things like the drinking habits of the American people and with things like the way that immigrant mothers were raising their children.  These were very different from the economic concerns that were more common to all industrializing nations.

sk8terboi8160 | Student

American progressivism had a strong utopian and moralistic streak. It was also concerned with things like the drinking habits of the American people and with things like the way that immigrant mothers were raising their children. These were very different from the economic concerns that were more common to all industrializing nations.