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Definition of the Progressive Party from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Progressive Party

 
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the name taken at different times by three separate US political parties in opposition to the two major parties. Progressivists wanted social and economic changes to make society fairer, including higher taxes for rich people. Each had a candidate in one election for President. The first, with the popular name of the Bull Moose Party, chose former President Theodore Roosevelt as its candidate in 1912, and he gained more than 4 million votes. The second party, established by farm and trade-union leaders, was led by Robert La Follette, who won about 5 million votes. Henry A Wallace was the candidate for the last party in 1948 and received more than 1 million votes.