progressive

In the United States, the term progressive emerged in the late 19th century in reference to a more general response to the vast changes wrought by industrialization. Progressivism was an alternative to both the traditional conservative response to social and economic issues and to the various more radical streams of socialism and anarchism which opposed them. Political parties, such as the Progressive Party, organized at the start of the 20th century, and progressivism made great strides under American presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Contemporary politicians who self-identify as progressive, include Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Synonyms:
progressivism

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