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Progressive reforms were carried out not only on the national level but in the states and municipalities of the country as well Prominent governors devoted to change included Robert M La Follette of Wisconsin and Hiram Johnson of California Reforms such as the direct primary secret ballot and the initiative referendum and recall were effected Local governments were strengthened by the widespread use of trained professionals particularly with the city manager system replacing the all too frequently corrupt mayoral system Formal expression was given to progressive ideas in the form of political parties on three major occasions The Roosevelt Progressives Bull Moose Party of 1912 The La Follette Progressives of the 1920s The Henry Wallace Progressives of the late 1940s and early 1950s Efforts to improve society were not new to the United States in the late 1800s A major push for change the First Reform Era occurred in the years before the Civil War and included efforts of social activists to reform working conditions and humanizes the treatment of the mentally ill and prisoners Others removed themselves from society and attempted to establish utopian communities in which reforms were limited to their participants The focal point of the early reform period was abolitionism the drive to remove what in the eyes of many was the great moral wrong of slavery The second reform era began during Reconstruction and lasted until the time of American entry into World War I The struggle for womens rights and the temperance movement were the initial issues addressed A farm movement also emerged to compensate for the declining importance of rural areas in an increasingly urbanized America As part of the second reform period Progressivism was rooted in the belief certainly not shared by all that man was capable of improving the lot of all within society As such it was a rejection of Social Darwinism the position taken by many of the rich and
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