Our Society is in a state of crisis, divided by class, democracy compromised. We have actually been there before. From the last decades of the nineteenth century until World War I, American society suffered from the weaknesses and oppressions that looked very much like those we confront today. But visionaries and activists rose to the occasion and restored American society from the ravages left by the Civil War and accelerated by the Industrial Revolution. The Progressive Movement, of which Ethical Culture was a major component, asserted its influence on all levels and had many different expressions, from organizing labor, to building settlements, to winning for women the right to vote, to busting up monopolies that kept the laboring masses poor and oppressed.