American Heritage

"Progressivism"

Overview

The Progressive movement came in to full force near the beginning of the 20th century. Animated by a belief in a mutable human nature and influenced by Darwinism and Historicism, Progressives sought to replace the constitutional order set forth by the Founders with a powerful administrative state. Progressives believed that solutions to the problems presented by the urban and industrial revolutions required government by administrative expertise, a theory of government that inherently rejects the Founding principles of natural rights and republicanism.

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Paul Moreno is the William and Berniece Grewcock Professor in Constitutional History at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from the State University of New York and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park.