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The Public CityThe Political Construction of Urban Life in San Francisco, 1850-1900$
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Philip Ethington

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230019

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230019.001.0001

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: The institutional preconditions of progressivism

: The institutional preconditions of progressivism

(p.287) Chapter 7: 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

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