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Desertion and Decline for Progressivism The decade of the 1920s discouraged the progressive movement It was a period that had an extraordinary reaction against idealism and reform The goal was to restore a place of special privilege benefiting big business industry and finance Traditions and ideals were forgotten nationalism was prominent with a fear of communism suppression of civil liberties and a revival of nativism Because of this progressives withdrew from the political scene becoming disorganized and lacking leaders their movement now broken with their dreams of America crushed Progressivism was a broad based urban reform movement that attempted to control the evils of industrialization without destroying the benefits It strived to insure the survival of democracy by the enlargement of government power to offset the power of private large corporations Special interest groups or classes in search of greater political status and economic security did most of the progressive campaigns The progressive movements were constituted mostly of the middle class There was diversity within the movement however there was always a sharing of common ideals and goals After the Wilsonian coalition had been wrecked because of the election of 1920 the progressive elements were divided and unable to agree on a program or to control the national government Progressivism was on the downgrade if not in decay after 1918 The progressive coalition of 1916 was inherently unstable It was so distorted by inner tensions that it couldnt survive destruction came inevitably from 1917 to 1920 In the 1920s the progressive movement was destroyed with a little hope of a potential movement The progressives were having problems for a few reasons First the progressives could never create or gain control of a political organization in which to carry them into national office Most all of the third party movement in the US were doomed to failure except in times of large national disorder which the 1920s were not Secondly the tensions that had
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