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The progressive movement sought a series of reforms to address specific social economic and political problems The movement attempted to bring the government into a state where it served all people Though the amount of reform wanted often varied between the individuals of the progressive movement some disturbing ingredients that led to its creation remained the same in many These ingredients that all too readily could turn repressive and destructive included an assurance of moral and intellectual superiority an exaggerated confidence in the social applications of science and an uncritical acceptance of the use of state power to coerce individual behavior The assurance of moral and intellectual superiority came hand-and-hand with the progressive era The populus of this era was ardent in their beliefs that they as a people had matured to a level of morality and intellectuality that far exceeded what the people before them had ever achieved As human equality progressed in America ideas such as liveing quietly side by side with their neighbors and neighbors held apart by differences of race and language which the residents can more easily overcome became more accepted in American society The idea of womans suffrage as described in the Socialist Partys Platform as Unrestricted and equal suffrage for men and women also grew in the progressive era leading to increased popularity of the womens suffrage movement Also the formation of the NAACP led to the first signs of a organized civil rights movement These advancements in minority rights and womans rights led to a common belief that the nation was morally and intellectually superior than ever before However its destructiveness lied in its inaccuracy The facade of superiority was in truth only hidden feelings as later proved by the extreme popularity of the KKK in the south An exaggerated confidence in the social applications of science also played a predominant role in the progressive era Spurred on
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