The Progressive Era in the United States holds a great meaning for many Americans. It was a period of social and political reformation. The progressives, those fighting for social reform or large ideas, goals were to stop any corrupt political machines and bosses. Many changes were made by these advocators, especially in the economic, social, and environmental areas of this time. Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, the 26th and 27th Presidents of the United States, did this whilst also gaining economic and social rights.
Theodore Roosevelt was the first person to say he was a progressive. He wanted to change the country’s economy and promise them equality socially. He wanted to make the lives of the Americans better. He was popular with the people for this very reason. He created a program called the “Square Deal” which was formed under three basic ideas: protection of the environment, handling corrupt businesses, and consumer protection. Teddy was known as a “trust buster,” someone who wanted to get rid of corrupt businesses. He was also a known naturalist or conservationist for he loved the idea of preserving the environment. He used his power to create protected natural parks and other wildlife refuges. He also used his power to send several investigators after the book The Jungle, by Upton Clair, was released about the horrors that lied inside the Chicago Slaughterhouse Factory. The investigators confirmed what Upton declared to be true. After that Roosevelt spoke with Congress on the issue and eventually persuaded them into creating the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. These ensured that any meant or food in general would be inspected before being any person could buy it. Theodore was very supportive of the people.
Theodore promised to not run for office again in 1904, and he upheld his promise by picking a successor, a friend of his, William Howard Taft. Taft supported Theodore’s “Square Deal” program but did not...
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