History of the United States

What is the difference between populism and progressivism?


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• Populism arose in the late 19th century while progressivism arose in the beginning of the 20th century.

• Populism came from the farmers and the poor sections of the society from down south while progressivism came from middle classes, who were fed up with the corruption of the rich and the appeasement of the poor by the government.

• While progressivism focused on changing the political system itself, populism focused upon reforming the economic system.