The American Of The 20th Century Essay

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The early part of the 20th century was setting a tone for what was to come later in life for Americans. Times were changing not only racially but with workers, business, women, living and ultimately, the regulation of what America would become. In 1901 after McKinley was assassinated, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt became president. He was president for six years due to his progressive ways. America had not seen a man in charge like Roosevelt, he was fun, sociable and always willing to speak to people who wanted to listen. During his run Roosevelt went after big businesses, he prosecuted the Northern Securities trust which broke up these businesses such as, the NSC formed by J.P. Morgan, J. D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, and also decreasing the effort made by businessmen alike in forming monopolies throughout America. A year later in 1902, Roosevelt intervened in the Coal Strike where miners were on strike asking for higher wages, shorter workdays and the recognition of their union. This was the first president in history to ever step in on business negotiations. Teddy went as far as sending militarily forces to the workplace demanding the miners be let back in, which fortunately helped. Another act (passed because of Upton Sinclair ’s The Jungle, who exposed the meat industry) was the Meat Inspection Act of 1906 which prohibited the sale of adulterated and misleading livestock, this ensured all food products distributed throughout the United States were exactly what they said…

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