Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 9 years ago

Theodore Roosevelt's?

how did Theodore Roosevelt's policies help protect the health of consumers and the conservation of natural resources

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  • 9 years ago
    Best Answer

    Teddy Roosevelt preached and lived stewardship. His ethic was the antithesis of capitalistic greed. To him, those who had much owed much to society. In his biography, the Theodore Roosevelt Association states:

    "His specific achievements are numerous. Perhaps his greatest contribution was his work for conservation. During his tenure in the White House from 1901 to 1909, he designated 150 National Forests, the first 51 Federal Bird Reservations, 5 National Parks, the first 18 National Monuments, the first 4 National Game Preserves, and the first 21 Reclamation Projects. Altogether, in the seven-and-one-half years he was in office, he provided federal protection for almost 230 million acres, a land area equivalent to that of all the East coast states from Maine to Florida.

    Aside from his conservation efforts, he "busted" trusts bringing the large corporations under the control of the people; . . . he established the Department of Commerce and Labor; he negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War and thereby won the Nobel Peace Prize; he preached a "Square Deal" for all Americans, enabling millions to earn a living wage; . . . and he secured the passage of the Elkins Act and the Hepburn Act for regulation of the railroads, the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act for consumer protection, and the Federal Employers' Liability Act for Labor."

    In his speech at the Sorbonne, titled "The Man in the Arena," this great American President stated:

    ". . . I decline to recognize the mere multimillionaire, the man of mere wealth, as an asset of value to any country; and especially as not an asset to my own country. If he has earned or uses his wealth in a way that makes him a real benefit, of real use—and such is often the case—why, then he does become an asset of real worth. But it is the way in which it has been earned or used, and not the mere fact of wealth, that entitles him to the credit. There is need in business, as in most other forms of human activity, of the great guiding intelligences. Their places cannot be supplied by any number of lesser intelligences. It is a good thing that they should have ample recognition, ample reward. But we must not transfer our admiration to the reward instead of to the deed rewarded; and if what should be the reward exists without the service having been rendered, then admiration will only come from those who are mean of soul."

    Incidentally, as a candidate for President, his platform was the first to call for universal health care.

    Thanks for the question. In my personal opinion, our greedy, wealthy élite use their power over the media to suppress teaching about Theodore Roosevelt's leadership.

  • borgen
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Consumer Protection Theodore Roosevelt

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