Possible topics sentences for Progressive Essay. The question: To what degree and in what ways did the Progressive Movement successfully improve the lives of the average American between 1900-1920? You might categorize under Social, Political, and Economic Or you might categorize by Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson…. SFI generated in class Economic Topic Sentence: The Progressive ideologies of limiting the power of big business, protecting labor, and reforming the banking system greatly improved the lives of American citizens. Social Topic Sentence: The success of the Progressive reform mov’t though federal legislation and greater social awareness instituted standardized measure for the average American citizen. Political Topic Sentence: ….something about greater grass root participation, the lessening of the power of political machines….making politics more responsive to the average American. Thesis Statement suggestion: The Progressive Movement was most successful in changing political ideology but less successful in the social and economic realms thought the average American did experience positive change in their own lives.