When Pingree was in charge, as both mayor and governor, he focused on making things better for everyone, not just a certain group. He wanted to make changes for the better of the people. During his time as governor, he fought for equalized taxation, the improvement of labor standards, and he wanted to put an end to corrupt businesses. He also tried to improve the democratic process by involving innovative solutions to the challenges being added in the new urban society. Pingree was able to get the immigrants and reformers to work together in order to defeat the conservatives that ruled over Michigan’s politics for decades. All of these actions are what make us consider him a “social reformer.”
He cared for the well-being of his people, whereas in today’s society, not many politicians do. A lot of them care about the ones in their party or that will vote for them. Pingree made sure that every individual’s needs were met as best to his ability.
In our time, I think it is the people’s duty to make sure their needs are being met. I’m not saying that every single time something doesn’t go the way the majority wants that there should be outbursts and protests though. We obviously need to realize that not everything we vote for we are going to receive and instead just push through it for the time being. But I also think that higher powers can step in if necessary. It all depends on the situation.
I think Pingree was definitely a social reformer, and he did a good job trying to make sure everyone’s wants and needs were met and taken care over under his power.