What has happened to the idea of American progressivism? Where did it come from, and more importantly, where has it gone?
It is generally agreed the American progressivism started in the late 19th century in response to the excesses of unfettered capitalism as represented by the robber barons of the day. The native Americans had been dealt with and the negro had been temporarily freed. It was time for the better angels embedded in the Great American Experiment known as the United States of America to show their face. It came as a Christian response to the injustices visited on children working in the mines, and the unceasing labor demanded of their parents. The result was support for worker compensation, improved child labor laws, minimum wage legislation, a limited workweek, graduated income tax and allowing women the right to vote.