Essay Theodore Roosevelt and a Strengthened Presidency

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Theodore Roosevelt and a Strengthened Presidency Theodore Roosevelt has been recalled as one of our most forceful Presidents. The reason for his reputation of strength rested on his ability to get things done, both domestically and abroad. His policies resulted in a strengthened executive branch. Roosevelt inherited the Presidency after the unfortunate death of President McKinley in 1901. One of his earliest displays of Federal power came in 1902 with the Pennsylvania coal strike. His efforts at negotiation marked the first time that the Federal government stepped in to resolve a labor dispute with the intention to protect all concerned, as opposed to favoring industry over workers and the public good. Although the coal miners…show more content…
Towards this end, he passed the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. Both of these measures marked the beginnings of reform in consumer rights, which before Roosevelt, had been virtually ignored. Part of his policy of protecting the public welfare included conservation, an idea that was previously not given much attention. Americans had always used their natural resources without regard for the future, yet President Roosevelt managed to awaken public interest in conservation, spur Congress to action and convince Federal and state governments to adopt new policies. He withdrew from public sale 150 acres of forest lands, coal and phosphate lands, and potential water-power sites. At his urging, Congress created wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. The Newlands Reclamation Act provided money from the sale of public lands in 16 Western states and territories to build irrigation projects to make wastelands suitable for farming. Two of these are the Shoshone Dam in Wyoming and Arizona's Roosevelt Dam. Additionally, he created the Inland Waterways Commission, and held the White House Conference of 1908, which succeeded in establishing state conservation agencies in 41 states and established the National Conservation Commission to study the nation's mineral, water, forest and soil resources. Roosevelt's conservation policy established a strong foundation for a solid conservation program for the future. Roosevelt accomplished just as much
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