The Muckrakers

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Arthur Weinberg, Lila Shaffer Weinberg
University of Illinois Press, 2001 - 449 páginas
As the twentieth century opened, Americans were jolted out of their laissez-faire complacency by detailed exposures, in journalism and fiction, of the corruption underlying the country's greatest institutions. This rude awakening was the work of the muckrakers, as Theodore Roosevelt christened these press agents for reform.

From 1902, when it latched onto such mass circulation magazines as Collier's and McClure's, until it merged into the Progressive movement in 1912, muckraking relentlessly pricked the nation's social conscience by exposing the abuses of industry and politics. Ranging in tone from the scholarly to the sensational, muckraking articles attacked food adulteration, unscrupulous insurance practices, fraudulent claims for patent medicines, and links between government and vice. When muckrakers raised their voices against child labor, graft, monopoly, unsafe mill conditions, and the white slave trade of poor immigrant girls, they found a receptive audience. "I aimed at the public's heart," wrote Upton Sinclair about The Jungle, "and by accident I hit it in the stomach."

Gathering the most significant pieces published during the heyday of the muckraking movement, The Muckrakers brings vividly to life this unique era of exposure and self-examination. For each article, Arthur and Lila Weinberg provide concise commentary on the background of its subject and the specific and long-range repercussions of its publication. The volume features the work of both journalists and fiction writers, including Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, Upton Sinclair, Ray Stannard Baker, Samuel Hopkins Adams, Thomas W. Lawson, Charles Edward Russell, and Mark Sullivan.

Eloquent and uncompromising, the muckrakers shocked America from a state of lethargy into Progressive reform. This generous volume vividly captures the urgency of their quest.
 

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Índice

Concerning Three Articles in
4
Boss rule of a city McClures 1903
23
The Oil War of 1872How the Mother
40
Theodore Roosevelt The Man with the Muck
59
rakeThe President of the United States makes
65
PART THREE Behind Political Doors
68
THE UNITED states HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
85
The STATE
102
Southern CitySheds light on a problem
232
Mother of TRUSTs
242
STOCK Market
261
INSURANCE
283
RAILROADS
297
The Tenements of Trin
313
A Burglar in the Making
325
Convicts sold to contractors to work out their sen
337

The CITY
119
the ward
137
BUREAUCRACY
146
Patent MEDICINE
176
tisers coerce newspapers into a handsoff policy
195
PURE FOOd
205
The Clash of the Races in a
216
workMENs compeNSATION
340
Child LABOR
359
The City of Chicago A
389
Study of the Great ImmoralitiesThe reign of vice
408
EPILOGUE
431
NOTES
437
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Sobre el autor (2001)

The late Arthur Weinberg was a nationally prominent journalist who taught at the University of Chicago. Lila Weinberg lives in Chicago.

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