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The Roots of Progressivism Grangers Mugwumps and the IndustrializationFeminization of American Culture As a kick off I will use the Grangers to talk about farmers dissatisfaction with railroads and the economic consequences of industrialization and the Mugwumps to discuss dissatisfaction with party politics among the middle class Then Ill talk about Ann Douglasss provocative argument that during the middle half of the nineteenth century a sentimentalized Protestantism propagated by middle class ministers and mothers formed the culture of industrializing America a culture attuned to patriarchical laissez-faire individualism and cries of horror at the ravages of slavery in the south and at the consequences of urban industrial America Progressivism I will argue grew out of all of these impulses The Geography of Progressivism Regional Progressives and Transatlantic Progressives I will contrast agrarian problems drop in wheat cotton prices from 187 to 189 the failure of coops rural isolation the Farmers Alliances with urban problems immigration migration factory conditions housing water sewage Municipal reform associations I would then contrast a group of regional progressives who were mostly statenational political leaders and a group of transatlantic progressives who were mostly municipaltransatlantic figures Here are the figures I would discuss Tom Watson the quintessential Southern Populist turned Progressive compared to Jane Addams and the Settlement Houses Hiram Johnson as Governor and Senator in California compared to John Dewey and progressive education that is urban educational reform finally Robert LaFollette and the dramatic reform in Wisconsin compared to the German educated economist and professor at U of W Richard Ely These pairs will give me a chance to provide a sense of the regional differe nces of progressivism and a sense of the wide range of reform movements that make up transatlantic progressivism The last discussion of LaFollette and Ely would let me use Wisconsin to complicate my division and discuss the role of state politics as both urban and rural Map Shading
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