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Why is There a Progressive Party?

The Gilded Age (roughly 1880-1910) was  a time of great wealth in the hands of a few, and massive poverty holding down the many.

There were no laws protecting workers, including those aged 5-12. Factories expected all workers to put in a 14 to 16 1/2 hours a day, 6 1/2 days a week, Tenement rooms rented for $12 a month, while those being paid well earned $4 per week.

The Progressive Era was lead by people like Jane Addams and  Robert La Follette. Laws were finally passed to end child labor, control paid lobbyists, stand up for a living wage, and work against party bosses. They learned that combining with others such as, unions, immigrant groups, the NAACP, and journalists that change could happen.

The ride was bumpy. The official party was disbanded three times, but because the problems which our party was founded to address are back with us, once more we are ready to fight alongside unions, immigrants, Black Lives Matter and Native Lives Matter, Low-income and Homeless advocates and environmentalists. We have plenty to do. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!

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