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The Progressive Era - Federal Legislation The Progressive Era was a period in which the federal government increased its legislation and its grasp of the nation There were three distinct pieces of federal legislation that seem to stick out The Meat Inspection Act The Federal Reserve Act and The Hepburn Act All of this legislation gave the government an extremely large amount of power to regulate business and industry as well as the people of the United States of America The first of the legislation of the federal government in this time was the Meat Inspection Act of 1906 The Meat Inspection Act required the federal inspection of meats that were headed for interstate commerce and this gave much power to the big bosses of the Agriculture Department The powers that this act endowed to the big bosses of the Department of Agriculture was to set the standards or the sanitary conditions This Act basically gives the government the power to say what is sanitary and safe and what is vile and rank The Meat Inspection Act was brought to the attention of the political hierarchy in great part to the novel written by Upton Sinclair Upton portrayed the meat packing industry of Chicago as vile and disgusting He expressed hideous images of rats and feces and other things very unfit for the food that they were eating President Roosevelt read the book The Jungle and was totally convinced and he acted very quickly In this he sent a few federal agent to go investigate this convincing claim to see if it existed they reiterated his disgusting results Thus the Meat Inspection Act of 1906 was passed by the Congress and by Roosevelt on its way to becoming a part of the incredible regulations of the Progressive Era Another federal legislation that was passed into law during the period was the Federal Reserve Act The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 focused its energies on
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