The Square Deal

The Square Deal

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  • Topic Sentence: As president Teddy Roosevelt worked to give citizens a Square Deal through progressive reforms. 
  • "It is the duty of the preident to act upon the theory that he is the steward of the people, and ... to assume that he has the legal right to do whatever the needs of the people demand, unless the Constitution or the laws explicitly forbid him to do it!"
  • Coal workers wanted a raise so they went on strike. Roosevelt heard about this and brought them to the White House. The employees and their boss made a compromise. They got a 10% raise and a 9 hour work day but they could not go on strike for 3 years!
  • Teddy Roosevelt ordered Justice Department to sue the Northern Securities Company, and by doing this it created a monopoly over the North West railroads. 
  • New Lands Act: money from the sale of public land in the West funded a large-scale irrigation projects
  • Meat Inspection Act passed: led to the Government paying for inspections that they thought "weren't needed"
  • Pure Food and Drug Act: halted the sale of contaminated foods and faulty medicines. 
  • Appointed a African American head of Charleston SC
  • Some whites did not want a black in charge so Bush shut down the station
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