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  • Progressivism is the name of a political reform movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States. Often considered a reaction to conservatism in the Republican Party, and thus populism under another name, progressivism is better characterized as an effort to return American civilization to its natural law roots. Progressivism can be viewed as not so much a reaction to conservatism but rather as a correction of the errors of socialism and populism.

    Progressivism is a version of Jacksonian democracy purged of slavery and the emphasis on states’ rights, detailed in Alexis de Tocqueville's sociological classic Democracy in America (1835, 1840) and reflected in the politics of Abraham Lincoln. The philosophy of progressivism is found in an original-intent reading of the ...

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