chapter  6
Progressive Reform
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Progressive reform swept the United States from the 1890s to World War I. The Progressive movement strengthened government at all levels, opening up politics and producing a host of innovative policies. The surge of support for the second part of Polanyi’s “double movement”—mitigating the impact of capitalism on Americans-had never been stronger than it was in the years from 1890 to 1920. Stalwart labor unions and women’s groups battled for new state and national policies aimed to mitigate the effects of industrialization on vulnerable Americans.1