Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Real Progressives Reform Movement 1890 to the 1920's

Triangle Fire: New Leaders Emerge(NYT)

Most of the victims were unglorified, but the Triangle fire a century ago propelled other individuals to greater prominence. Among them were Frances Perkins, Alfred E. Smith, Robert F. Wagner, Rose Schneiderman, Anne Morgan and Max D. Steuer.


Last January True News Asked: ________________________________                                                                                 
What Kind of Progressive Era?
The 1st Progressive Era Goal Was to Destroy Political Bosses 
The Progressive Era was a period of social activism and political reform in the United States that flourished from the 1890s to the 1920s.[1] One main goal of the Progressive movement was purification of government, as Progressives tried to eliminate corruption by exposing and undercutting political machines and bosses. Many (but not all) Progressives supported prohibition in order to destroy the political power of local bosses based in saloons.[2] At the same time, women's suffrage was promoted to bring a "purer" female vote into the arena.[3] A second theme was building an Efficiency movement in every sector that could identify old ways that needed modernizing, and bring to bear scientific, medical and engineering solutions. Progressives sought to enable the citizenry to rule more directly and circumvent political bosses. Many cities set up municipal reference bureaus to study the budgets and administrative structures of local governments. Charles Henry Parkhurst (April 17, 1842 – September 8, 1933) was an American clergyman and social progressive. Although scholarly and reserved, he preached two sermons in 1892 in which he attacked the political corruption of New York City government. Backed by the evidence he collected, his statements led to both the exposure of Tammany Hall and to subsequent social and political reforms. Frances Perkins and the New Deal

Are Today's Progressives Reforming Government Or Just Power Hungry?  

Progressives Make A Deal With the Corrupt Brooklyn Boss to Elect Speaker
"They went from progressive deals to back-room deals with a machine boss in record time"(Capital)

    1. 2013 Mayoral vote turnout proves our political system is on life support vast majority citizens are cynical & apathetic & pol class loves it

      True News Wags WSJ On Asking Progressives Where is the Reform?
      The Wall Street Journal writes that while once upon a time progressives believed in reform and education opportunity, now their agenda is reimposing failed teachers on poor students and punishing charter schools:

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