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: The institutional preconditions of progressivism

PHILIP J. ETHINGTON

in The Public City

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780520230019
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927469 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230019.003.0008
: The institutional preconditions of progressivism

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This chapter traces the maturation of changes on several levels of government and society in California during the 1870s that were to produce what was to be called the Progressive Era. It details the specific institutional arrangements including sensational journalism, interest-group lobbies, and the politicization of women that made progressivism possible. The chapter argues that progressivism was an institutionalized structure of political action and understanding marking the arrival of a politics of social groups and their needs.

Keywords: Progressive Era; California; government; society; sensational journalism; interest-group lobbies; politicization of women; progressivism; political action

Chapter.  23698 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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