Wih he rise o he conemporary progressive movemen and he elecion o Presiden Barack Obama in 2008, here is exensive public ineres in beter undersanding he ori-gins, values, and inellecual srands o progressivism. Who were he original progressivehinkers and aciviss? Where did heir ideas come om and wha moivaed heir beliesand acions? Wha were heir main goals or sociey and governmen? How did heir ideas inuence or diverge om alernaive social docrines? How do heir ideas and beliesrelae o conemporary progressivism?Te Progressive radiion Series om he Cener or American Progress races he devel-opmen o progressivism as a social and poliical radiion sreching om he lae 19hcenury reorm eors o he curren day. Te series is designed primarily or educaionaland leadership developmen purposes o help sudens and aciviss beter undersand heoundaions o progressive hough and is relaionship o poliics and social movemens.Alhough he Progressive Sudies Program has is own views abou he relaive meri o he various values, ideas, and acors discussed wihin he progressive radiion, he essaysincluded in he series are descripive and analyical raher han opinion based.We envision he essays serving as primers or exploring progressivism and liberalism inmore deph hrough core exsand in conras o he conservaive inellecual radiionand canon. We hope hese papers will promoe ongoing discourse abou he proper roleo he sae and individual in sociey; he relaionship beween empirical evidence andpolicymaking; and how progressives oday migh approach specifc issues involving heeconomy, healh care, energy and climae change, educaion, fnancial regulaion, socialand culural aairs, and inernaional relaions and naional securiy.Par seven o he series examines he rise o progressive economics as an alernaive o helaissez-aire orhodoxy o he lae 19h cenury and he challenges o progressive econom-ics ha emerged in he 1970s and 1980s.