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Elkins Act

The Elkins Act of 1903 was named for Senator Stephen B. Elkins of West Virginia. This piece of legislation was championed by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a way to end the practice of rebates. - Learn About TR

Interstate Commerce Act

The Interstate Commerce Act was used by President Theodore Roosevelt to regulate America's railroads. - Learn About TR

Hepburn Act

The Hepburn Act of 1906 was a bill that fortified the powers of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) and strengthened federal regulation of railroads. - Learn About TR

Letter from Martin A. Knapp to Stephen B. Elkins

Chairman Knapp explains the Interstate Commerce Commission's recommendations for amendments to the... Letter - 1905-11-28 - Digital Library Record


Railroads played a crucial role in the Progressive Era as providers of transportation and targets of regulation. Though critical of railroad monopolies, Theodore Roosevelt respected railroad employees.  - Learn About TR

Letter from A. J. Cassatt to Theodore Roosevelt

President Cassatt of the Pennsylvania Railroad encloses an amendment to the Interstate Commerce Ac... Letter - 1902-04-01 - Digital Library Record

The Square Deal

The Square Deal is the name given to Theodore Roosevelt’s domestic legislative program. - Learn About TR

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