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Discontent and Reform Late-19th century American farmers experienced recurring periods of hardship Roosevelt's striking personality and his trust-busting activities captured the imagination  of the ordinary individual; approval of his progressive measures cut across party lines.  In addition, the abounding prosperity of the country at this time led people to feel  satisfied with the party in office.  He won an easy victory in the 1904 presidential  election. Emboldened by a sweeping electoral triumph, Roosevelt called for stronger railroad  regulation.  In June 1906 Congress passed the Hepburn Act.  It gave the Interstate  Commerce Commission real authority in regulating rates, extended the commission’s  jurisdiction, and forced the railroads to surrender their interlocking interests in steamship  lines and coal companies.
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