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1 Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Era Chapter 9: Section 3 Ms. Garratt

2 Colorful background Wealthy Harvard educated Active in state politics Asst sec of navy Rough Riders in Cuba Party bosses McKinley assassination Youngest president at the time (42)

3 Modern President Saw presidency as a bully pulpit from which he could influence the media and shape legislation

4 Perceived different role of the presidency “It is the duty of the president to act upon the theory that he is the steward of the people and …to assume that he has the legal right to do whatever the needs of the people demand, unless the Constitution or the laws explicitly forbid him to do so.”

5 Trustbuster Was Teddy after all trusts? NO. He used the 1890 Sherman Anti-trust Act to go after those trusts that hurt the public interest the most. Those that eliminated competition

6 1902 Coal Strike Used power of the president to mediate disputes. Established new principle –right of fed’l gov to intervene when strike threatened the public welfare Role of experts

7 Railroad Regulation Interstate Commerce Act Commission was weak Elkins Act Hepburn Act ICC set maximum rates Boosted fed’l control

8 Upton Sinclair, the Jungle & the Meat Inspection Act

9 Video Segment on the Jungle XX0RAM/Upton-Sinclair%27s-The-Jungle

10 Pure Food & Drug Act Contaminated foods & medicines could no longer be sold. Called for truth in labeling laws

11 Regulating Food & Drugs

12 “Pure food and drug act will limit human thumb levels in meats” Oh yummy. Please pass the mustard.

13 Conservation of Natural Resources

14 Newlands Act - Reclamation Allowed large tracts of land to be irrigated in the SW Let to lots of Mexican migration

15 Civil Rights Like other progressives very little attention paid to civil rights

16 Roosevelt & the World Mediator between Japan & Russia Panama Canal Roosevelt Corollary

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