Defining Moments in American History: The Muckrakers and the Progressive Era

Editor/Author Hillstrom, Laurie Collier
Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Omnigraphics, Inc.

Single-User Purchase Price: $54.00
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ISBN: 978-1-78402-628-8
Category: History - United States -- History
Image Count: 44
Book Status: Available
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Provides a detailed account of the muckraking movement in early 20th-century American journalism and its contribution to progressive reforms. Explores how the muckraking tradition and progressive political ideas have continued to the modern era.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • How to Use This Book
  • Research Topics for The Muckrakers and the Progressive Era
  • Narrative Overview
  • Prologue
  • Chapter One: Events Leading Up to the Progressive Era
  • Chapter Two: The Role of Journalism in America
  • Chapter Three: Addressing Social Problems
  • Chapter Four: Battling the Titans of Industry
  • Chapter Five: Exposing Government Corruption
  • Chapter Six: The Muckraking Tradition Continues
  • Chapter Seven: Legacy of the Progressive Era
  • Biographies
  • Ray Stannard Baker (1870-1946): Journalist and Author of Following the Color Line
  • S.S. McClure (1857-1949): Progressive Owner and Editor of McClure's Magazine
  • David Graham Phillips (1867-1911): Journalist Who Wrote the “Treason of the Senate” Series
  • Jacob Riis (1849-1914): Photographer and Author of How the Other Half Lives
  • John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937): Industrial Tycoon, Philanthropist, and Major Target of the Muckrakers
  • Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919): President of the United States, 1901-1909
  • Upton Sinclair (1878-1968): Journalist, Political Leader, and Author of The Jungle
  • Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936): Journalist and Author of The Shame of the Cities
  • Ida M. Tarbell (1857-1944): Journalist and Author of The History of the Standard Oil Company
  • Primary Sources
  • President Theodore Roosevelt Promises Progressive Reform
  • Jacob Riis Chronicles the Struggles of the Urban Poor
  • John Spargo Describes the Tragedy of Child Labor
  • Ida Tarbell Investigates the Standard Oil Trust
  • Upton Sinclair Exposes Problems in the Meatpacking Industry
  • Lincoln Steffens Reveals the Shame of the Cities
  • David Graham Phillips Blasts Corrupt U.S. Senators
  • Roosevelt Calls Crusading Journalists “Muckrakers”
  • The Washington Post Gives Wounded Veterans a Voice
  • Pete Hamill Explains the Importance of Investigative Journalism
  • Modern-Day Muckrakers Face Major Challenges
  • Important People, Places, and Terms
  • Chronology
  • Sources for Further Study
  • Bibliography
  • Photo and Illustration Credits