Progressivism vs. the New Deal Comparison Essay by Nicky

A comparison of the Progressive Era reform efforts with President Roosevelt's New Deal.
# 145953 | 932 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 08, 2010 in History (U.S. The 1930's - Great Depression)

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The paper relates that the progressives reacted to the rapid industrialization that seemed to hurt many workers, and so they attempted to change the economic system in the United States. The paper then explains how Roosevelt was not just responding to a humanitarian crisis of injustice, but a great systemic crisis that threatened global economic and political stability. The paper discusses how Roosevelt, with his New Deal, wanted to merely reform the system, not fundamentally change it. The paper goes on to demonstrate how both movements were suited for their times.

From the Paper:

"During the 1920's many American were tired of what they saw as the hypercritical, public-spirited reform efforts of the Progressive Movement. Corporate America seemed strong, so the populace once again placed its trust in big business, and delighted in the excesses of the Roaring Twenties, which came rapidly to a close with the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Trust evaporated during the Great Depression. But Unlike the Progressive Era of politics, the New Deal came about because of the apparent failure of American capitalism, and capitalism worldwide. The progressives reacted to the sight of rapid industrialization that seemed to benefit only a few, and hurt many workers. But during the Great Depression, the entire nation was suffering. The rampant capitalist expansion the nation had embraced after World War I had proven to be based upon smoke and mirrors. During the Great Depression, Americans did not so much embrace or rationally consider reform, but ran to it like a thirsty person in need of a drink, because of the deep desperation of almost everyone in America."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Norton, Mary Beth. A People and a Nation. 7th Edition. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.

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