How Did Theodore Roosevelt Create Monopolies?

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Theodore Roosevelt was elected to the office of the President of the United States after William McKinley, the current president was assassinated. Roosevelt was the vice-president at the time. Roosevelt believed that it was the Federal governments’ responsibility to conserve the natural resources, which led to the Newlands Reclamation Act of 1902. This Act designated that the proceeds from public land sales be used for irrigation in arid regions. Another involvement of Roosevelt was the Anthracite Coal Miners’ Strike. This walkout was led by John Mitchell who was a member of the United Mine Workers. They wanted to be recognized as a union in addition to an increase in pay as well as a reduction in the work hours from 12 to 10 hours a day. Talks between the two parties came to a standstill, which had to have Roosevelt to step in and threatened that if the company …show more content…
As long as the businesses didn’t abuse their power he didn’t see a need to intervene, but if they did he would step in and create regulations to prevent it from continuing. William Howard Taft was a candidate for presidency during the election of 1908. He was chosen by Roosevelt to succeed and as a result he went on to win that primary. An election he easily won due to the fact that the voters believed he would continue with Roosevelt’s policies, but unfortunately he signed the Payne-Aldrich Tariff which was put in place to raise tariffs. Eventually this led to the Pinchot-Ballinger Affair, an affair that resulted when Richard A. Ballenger turned over coal-rich government lands in Alaska to a group of investor friends, who went on to sell part of the land to a mining syndicate without Ballinger knowing. Once this information reached the Chief Forester, Gilford Pinchot he informed the president and when he as president chose not to intervene, Pinchot went to the press and as a result, he was

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