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Theodore Roosevelt is widely considered to be one of our greatest Presidents This is due to his heroic efforts in the Spanish-American war the founding of the national park systems and his support for progressive views in the labor system Roosevelts entrance into the presidency like everything he did was dramatic He hastened to Buffalo where McKinley had been shot by a crazed anarchist Assured that the president was recovering and out of danger he joined his family at a camp in the Adirondack Mountains With a few companions he climbed up Mount Tahawus He was overtaken by a guide with the news that the president was dying It was a ten-mile hike to the nearest road Then followed a wild ride by horse and buggy for 40 miles in the dead of night over roads dangerously washed by heavy rains a few days earlier They reached the railroad station at five-thirty in the morning where a special train was waiting to rush him to Buffalo McKinley had died and Roosevelt took the oath of office in the home of a friend In 1904 with Charles W Fairbanks as vice-president he was elected president in his own right by a triumphant majority The Square Deal Roosevelt called his program the Square Deal He asked for 1 an attack on the serious social problems facing the nation 2 legislation to allow the regulation of big business 3 broader control of the railroads and 4 conservation of natural resources Members of the United Mine Workers union in May 1902 went on strike in the anthracite fields of Pennsylvania to obtain a shorter working day better wages and union recognition The mine owners stubbornly refused to deal with the unions As winter approached Roosevelt threatened to call out troops to operate the mines in the interest of the public He also brought such pressure upon the owners that unwillingly they agreed to arbitrate The
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