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Theodore RooseveltPreacher of Righteousness$
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Joshua David Hawley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300120103

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300120103.001.0001

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The Progress of a Progressive

The Progress of a Progressive

(p.163) 9 The Progress of a Progressive
Theodore Roosevelt

Joshua David Hawley

Yale University Press

While much of the public saw Theodore Roosevelt's legislative proposals relating to railroads, food, and drug and meat inspection as major victories, some of his White House allies were disappointed. Roosevelt's initiatives at the end of the congressional session revealed tensions within the pro-regulation camp. A group of senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties criticized his decision to make peace with Nelson Aldrich, including Robert La Follette. This chapter examines Roosevelt's progressivism as president of the United States. It looks at his policies and actions as president, including his use of presidential power to deal with the labor strike staged by anthracite coal miners in Pennsylvania. The chapter also discusses Roosevelt's mature conservation program, his conflict with Congress over the proper uses of executive orders or the shape of conservation policy, his adoption of Alexander Hamilton's advocacy of executive power, his rights-positivism and nationalist leanings, and his desire to make the Republican Party a progressive party.

Keywords:   progressivism, Theodore Roosevelt, railroads, anthracite coal miners, labor strike, conservation, Congress, Alexander Hamilton, rights-positivism, Republican Party

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