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What did Theodore Roosevelt do?

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Theodore Roosevelt was a war hero, served as a steward of the people, became a trust buster, and became active in world politics. As the lieutenant colonel of the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War, he charged San Juan Hill during the battle of San Juan.

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Theodore Roosevelt was a progressive who put many programs into place such as the Square Deal. This program reformed and regulated the workplace for the benefit of both the workers and the owners. He also believed it was his job to keep an eye on big business, becoming the trust buster. At his impetus, the Northern Securities Company was dismantled. He passed the Elkins Act and Hepburn Act to regulate the railroads. He passed the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act as a result of the book "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to participate actively in conservation and environmental concerns. He believed in the proper management of natural resources and passed the Newlands Reclamation Bill, a bill that created reservoirs. He also created 150 national forests, 51 wildlife refuges, 18 national monuments and five national parks.

Roosevelt also put the United States in a bigger political role worldwide. He mediated the ending of the Russo-Japanese War, won a Nobel Peace Prize, and built the Panama Canal.

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