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The Progressive Era provided a solid effort to improve the life of Americans by emerging presidents and multiple reforms Through the progressive politicians trusts were busted and relief was given to small businesses Working and societal conditions were forever reformed during the Progressive Era During the Progressive Era Americans had a positive effect on their countries development with the help of leaders such as Roosevelt and Taft Roosevelt is immortalized on Mount Rushmore now and forever because of his progressive tactics in his term Roosevelts Anti-Trust policy of 1902 pledged government intervention to break up illegal monopolies and regulate corporations for the public good Roosevelt felt that bad trusts threatened competition and markets His ingenious square dealings and gentlemens agreements controlled many firms In 1903 he opened a new cabinet position was created to address the concerns of business and labor Department of Commerce and Labor Within the department the Bureau of Corporations was empowered to investigate and report on illegal activities of corporations In 1903 the Elkins Act empowered the Interstate Commerce Commission to act against discriminating rebates as a response to the abuse of economic power by railroads proposed another problem for Roosevelt In 1906 the Meat Inspection Act provided for federal and sanitary regulations and inspections in meant packing facilities Also the Pure Food and Drug Act prohibited the manufacture sale and transportation of adulterated labeled foods and drugs in accordance with consumer demands These acts provided much needed relief and rights for the consumer from the poisonous industries and frauds of meatpacking food and drugs In conclusion to all of these accomplishments during Roosevelts term Theodore Roosevelts progressive tendencies brought new meaning to government regulation and provided a successful contribution to the Progressive Era In the 1910 elections the progressive eras would make gains in bringing Woodrow Wilson into the Presidential office in 1912 The Wilson administration brought together many of the policies and initiatives of the
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