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  1. Progressive Presidents Theodore Roosevelt (R) William Taft (R) Woodrow Wilson (D)

  2. T. Roosevelt • Square Deal - interests of business leaders, laborers (workers), and consumers should be balanced • Trustbuster - Broke up trusts he considered to be unfair • Pure Food and Drug Act - response to The Jungle. Stopped sale of contaminated or mislabeled food and drugs

  3. T. Roosevelt • Meat Inspection Act - Inspection of meat packing plants is required • Conservation - wanted to save natural resources • Doubles number of national parks, starts 51 wildlife refuges

  4. William Howard Taft (1908 - 12) • Hand picked by Roosevelt to succeed him in 1908 • Complained that TR upset the balance of the three branches • Raised the tariff to protect businesses

  5. Taft (1908 - 1912) • Sold public lands (parks) to businesses • Upset TR and other progressives

  6. Election of 1912 • TR decides to run against Taft because he was mad at Taft • Taft is Republican • Woodrow Wilson is Democrat • TR Starts Bull Moose party - splits vote • Wilson wins

  7. Woodrow Wilson (1912 - 1916) • Underwood Tariff Act - created an income tax to pay for govt. stuff • Federal Reserve Act - National bank to control sudden changes in the economy

  8. Woodrow Wilson (1912 -1916) • Clayton Anti-Trust Act - Strengthen laws against monopolies • Federal Trade Commission - can investigate unfair business practices