‘The predicament: the discontents of the Gilded Age’ outlines the roots of progressivism. In the mid to late–1880s, harmony was the core value in the still highly agrarian American society. However, in the 1880s, society began to shift towards urbanization, and large corporations began to grow into monopolies, causing the gap between rich and poor to grow. The American people's discontent caused the Federal government to pass regulatory legislation to control monopolization. However, big business eventually whittled away the government's power in this area. The demand for reform from a furious public grew up until the start of the twentieth century.