Teddy Roosevelt’s Domestic Policies

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Teddy Roosevelt’s Domestic Policies

Attitudes Towards LaborThe government became an impartial mediator between labor and business. Government intervention no longer automatically meant aid to the corporation. ⇒ The Square Deal - For Example: Roosevelt arbitrated a dispute between coal workers and employers providing them with more than they would have gotten w/o interventionRoosevelt pushed for the government to be part of industry in order to make the people feel it was more fair to them, and also to gain their votes. He accomplished things such as:• eight-hour workdays for workers• workers’ accident compensation• an income and inheritance tax on wealthy Americans

Teddy's Tale: Roosevelt's Domestic Policy and The Influence of Progressivism

Overview Teddy Roosevelt’s actions during his first term were fueled by his desire to be reelected and only led to some basic changes: regulation of monopoly and capital-labor relations. As he’d hoped, after his first term, he had the support of the entire Republican party. His second term saw a much greater amount of progressive reform, this time with less concern for the Conservatives’ opinions, even though Roosevelt was more conservative than his predominantly Progressive supporters -- he viewed reforms as a way to prevent radical change. Overall his domestic policies showed the Republicans’ focus on activism and interventionism.

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Social Justice Programs • Pure Food and Drug Act - regulated the sale of dangerous or ineffective medicine • Meat Inspection Act - improved the conditions of the meatpacking industry which decreased the diseases passed through unsanitary meat

Government Regulation of Business/EconomyThese reforms include anti-monopoly and anti-trust policy: • Roosevelt busted the Northern Securities Co, a prominent railroad monopoly • Hepburn Railroad Regulation Act - attempted to increase government authority over the railroad industry after the ineffectiveness of the interstate commerce act - very moderate reformIn particular, the anti-trust policy was a shocker because the Republican Party, in the past, had generally worked in favor of the corporations/monopolies. • created two different kinds of taxes ⇒ Inheritance & Income • regulation of the stock market • Department of Commerce and Labour - established to investigate and publicize corporate activity



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