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The Progressive movement of the 1890s to the 1920s was a seminal movement affecting the U.S. policy in many areas. Specifically, the original conservation movement, part of the larger Progressive movement during this same time period (1890-1920), had a profound influence over natural resource policies that remain to this day. Perhaps best seen as a response to the changes brought by the modernization of life in the United States, key aspects of the Progressive movement were electorial reform to counter political corruption, the women's movement, fear of corporate power, and the need to control that power.

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This document was originally published by CQ Press an imprint of SAGE Publications, Inc. in CQ Press Guide to U.S. Environmental Policy edited by Sally K. Fairfax and Edmund Russell. Copyright restrictions may apply.