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Teddy Roosevelt

            Teddy Roosevelt was a man of respect, honor, and dignity. During his presidency, he accomplished many things that we still remember and discuss. Roosevelt used his outgoing personality and popularity to progress his programs. He believed that the power should belong to the people, not the government. He set up the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act. He thought that workers should have a Square Deal and he also put conservation into use. Teddy believed in civil rights and did some things that had never been done before.
             After reading The Jungle, Teddy thought that it was time he appointed some experts to investigate the meatpacking industry. What they were calling “potted ham” consisted of ground rope and pigskin. That was enough for Roosevelt to hear and he passed the Meat Inspection Act in 1906. This required cleanliness of the meatpackers and the company had inspections from then on until better ways of packing meat were found. The government paid for these inspections and did not require them to put labels on the cans.
             That same year, the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed. This stopped the sale of contaminated foods and drugs that where not labeled correctly. Before this act was passed, food that was not healthy and drugs that had labels with lies on them were being sold. The Act did not completely stop the sale of harmful products. The industries were in desperate need of the consumers again so they supported increasing federal regulation.
             Teddy was all for people getting what they deserved. Some of the bigger businesses where not paying their workers enough for the work they did. He made sure that those people would receive a Square Deal. Roosevelt believed that the power should be in the hands of the people. What the people wanted, he did his very best to get. .
             Conservation of materials was a definite need during the progressive era and Teddy knew that.