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The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics

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Publication Date: July 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Thomas G. West; William A. Schambra

Series: First Principles

Topic: Politics (Nationalism)

Keywords: Thought; New Deal; first principles; American Founding

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


Although material circumstances and politicians' self-interest helped to make America what it is today, the most important cause was a change in the prevailing understanding of justice among leading American intellectuals and in the American people. Today's liberalism and the policies that it has generated arose from a conscious repudiation of the principles of the American founding.