Muckrakers – Exposing Society

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Ashley Achee writes, What’s a muckraker? Who cares, right? Wrong! Muckrakers were journalists during the early twentieth century.

What’s a muckraker? Who cares, right? Wrong! Muckrakers were journalists during the early twentieth century. They exposed flaws in work and government systems in the United States to the general public. Many people were informed about the poor standards of working class America. This lead to the formation of minimum wage, child labor laws, and worker’s unions. As you can see, the Muckrakers made significant contributions to the workforce of America that still remains to this day.You might think, who actually did the muckraking? Muckrakers were both men and women. Anyone from Upton Sinclair, a famous author who shocked America with his article on coal mine conditions to, Ida Tarbell, who exposed the sticky monopolies of the oil business, wrote for newspapers as the first investigative journalist. This was an “equal opportunity” for both women and men to make a difference and they certainty did! The book Muckrakers by Ann Bausum, tells the reader about the rise of muckraking, who exposed scandals, and the start of social and economic reform. She mentions some of the worlds most infamous investigative journalists like Ida Tarbell,a very famous newspaper journalist, Upton Sinclair, Lincoln Steffens, another famous newspaper journalist, and many others. Muckrakers opens a window to an amazing world of the first investigative journalists during the early twentieth century and to the beginnings of journalism’s amazing impact on a national, and now international scale. This book is a “must read” especially if one is interested in pursuing journalism in high school and college.

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  1. I haven’t seen this book …
    I haven’t seen this book before in a book store! Keep up the great work: You’re doing a great job.

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