Progressive Presidents During The Progressive Era

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During the Progressive Era, a period of reform in the early twentieth century sparked by rapid industrialization, immigration, and urbanization, three presidents raced to improve our country in three different areas. These men being Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, and Woodrow Wilson, three progressive presidents who tackled attacking big businesses, the abuse of the working class, and environmental destruction. Although all three of the progressive presidents made many efforts of reform during this time period, Theodore Roosevelt was the most overall progressive president, for he gained control of corporations, fought for consumer protection, and conserved many natural resources using his “Square Deal” policy. During this time period, many businesses were engaged in corruption and used unfair practices in order to get to the top, as he knew most companies were far from genuine Roosevelt was entirely against this. Though he knew big business was a natural part of a maturing economy, he believed the government had the right to regulate it, as to protect the overall well-being of society. Roosevelt quickly turned his attention to the nation’s railroads, for the major abuse of the industry had been brought to his attention. A large part of the American population and their businesses were dependent on the railroads, and fully supported their regulation which was another factor in Roosevelt’s decision to focus on this issue. In 1903 Roosevelt passed the Elkins
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