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Can you help me help my brother with this US history homework question?

Asked by MrGV (4170points) March 30th, 2010

Ok I am completely stuck and so is he I looked through his notes and text book, but I can’t seem to find the answer…

In what ways did progressives seek to reform American politics in the 19th century through the New Deal?

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Seek's avatar

The question is asking what brand-new, mindboggling changes the New Deal was hoping to implement. Read about what the New Deal was, and you should find your answer.

trailsillustrated's avatar

it has to do with pulling the country out of the depression

MrGV's avatar

I don’t see any correlation between the New Deal and American Politics.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@MrGeneVan say what? The New Deal is purely American politics.

But other topics you’ll want to examine are silver and gold coinage and business regulation (trust-busting, railroad monopolies and banking, to name a few).

snowberry's avatar

I’d compare the political structure and situation BEFORE the New Deal, and then AFTER it. That should give you an answer. I did a quick search and found a lot of things that certainly increased government involvement in everyday life- everything from job creation to regulating prices.

MrGV's avatar

@CyanoticWasp The new deal didn’t associated with those and instead it helped big businesses when the National Recovery Administration came about

@snowberry I will check this site out thanks for your hint

zenvelo's avatar

The New Deal was Roosevelt’s package of proposals started in 1933 to help the economy at the depths of the Depression. The progressive reforms of politics were earlier in American History (1895 – 1914), and included trust busting and the initiative process to break up corporate control over local and state governments. The two were not related.

Teddy Roosevelt offered the Square Deal, which was a national platform based on populist reforms.

josie's avatar

The New Deal was 20th Century. No wonder he is having a problem

dpworkin's avatar

There is a long history of progressivism, including much that happened in the 19th C. You may wish to start with Robert La Folette. That’s a good way to get oriented.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

The New Deal was 20th century (1930s), not 19th. I agree with @Seek_Kolinhar that you should track down references to “New Deal”. Also remember that the Progressive movement did not originate with the Democratic party, the first real progressive legislation (at the federal level) began under Theodore Roosevelts administration. The Progressive movement is also related to the Populist (essentially rural) and Socialist (basically urban/ industrial) movements that trace back to the mid 19th century. The political history of the Progressive movement is fascinating, especially regarding affiliation with political parties. Also look up references to Theodore Roosevelt and the “Bull Moose” Progressive Party. Upton Sinclair and the EPIC movement in California and Dr. Townsends proto-Social Security scheme are also good threads to trace down.

john65pennington's avatar

No matter how you approach this question, its still doing homework for somebody.

Do like i did and keep searching. the answer is out there.

galileogirl's avatar

Progressivism was a reaction to 19th century greed and ignorance. They were against the corruption of big business/political relationships. They supported fair treatment for immigrants, equal rights for women and social programs for the poor. They supported the rights of small farmers against the railroad oligopoly that made transportation costs untenable. They supported conservation.

The Progressive Party came into existence in 1912. The platform called for women’s suffrage, recall of judicial decisions, easier amendment of the U.S. Constitution, social welfare legislation for women and children, workers’ compensation, limited injunctions in strikes, farm relief, revision of banking to assure an elastic currency, required health insurance in industry, new inheritance taxes and income taxes.

If I were doing this assignment I would do a comparison between 19th century progressivism and 21st century progressivism, but that would require research of both.

Jeruba's avatar

Before you go too far with this, make sure you’ve got the question exactly right.

Your brother’s teacher must think his class is capable of answering this question. It shouldn’t require an Internet community to pitch in.

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