The Muckrakers & The Progressive Era, 1st Edition

  • Laurie Collier Hillstrom
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  • ISBN-10: 0780811275
  • ISBN-13: 9780780811270
  • DDC: 302.230973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 240 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released January 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Defining Moments: The Muckrakers and the Progressive Era is divided into three primary sections. The first of these sections, the Narrative Overview, provides a detailed, factual account of the muckraking movement in American journalism and its contribution to turn-of-the-century progressive reforms. It explains the transformation that occurred in the United States as a result of industrialization and traces the origins of the Progressive Era. This section also covers the development of investigative journalism in America and the rise of influential muckraking magazines like McClure’s. It goes on to offer an in-depth look at major muckraking investigations of social problems, government corruption, and corporate influence. Finally, this section explores how the muckraking tradition and progressive political ideas have continued through the modern era.

The second section, Biographies, provides valuable biographical background on leading figures involved in muckraking journalism or the progressive politics of the era. Examples include S.S. McClure, Upton Sinclair, Ida M. Tarbell and Theodore Roosevelt. Each biography concludes with a list of sources for further information on the profiled individual.

The third section, Primary Sources, collects essential and illuminating documents related to muckraking journalism in the Progressive Era and beyond. This diverse collection includes excerpts from How the Other Half Lives, Jacob Riis's groundbreaking 1890 book about the struggles of the urban poor; "The Treason of the Senate", David Graham Phillips's hard-hitting 1906 series on political corruption in the federal government; The Man with the Muck-Rake, President Theodore Roosevelt's famous speech that coined a term for crusading journalists; and "Walter Reed and Beyond," the Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2007 report on the mistreatment of wounded veterans at U.S. military hospitals.

Table of Contents

Cover Page.
Half Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: How to Use This Book.
2: Research Topics for the Muckrakers and the Progressive Era.
3: Narrative Overview.
4: Prologue.
5: Events Leading up to the Progressive Era.
6: The Role of Journalism in America.
7: Addressing Social Problems.
8: Battling the Titans of Industry.
9: Exposing Government Corruption.
10: The Muckraking Tradition Continues.
11: Legacy of the Progressive Era.
12: Biographies.
13: Ray Stannard Baker (1870–1946).
14: S.S. McClure (1857–1949).
15: David Graham Phillips (1867–1911).
16: Jacob Riis (1849–1914).
17: John D. Rockefeller (1839–1937).
18: Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919).
19: Upton Sinclair (1878–1968).
20: Lincoln Steffens (1866–1936).
21: Ida M. Tarbell (1857–1944).
22: Primary Sources.
23: President Theodore Roosevelt Promises Progressive Reform.
24: Jacob Riis Chronicles the Struggles of the Urban Poor.
25: John Spargo Describes the Tragedy of Child Labor.
26: Ida Tarbell Investigates the Standard Oil Trust.
27: Upton Sinclair Exposes Problems in the Meatpacking Industry.
28: Lincoln Steffens Reveals the Shame of the Cities.
29: David Graham Phillips Blasts Corrupt U.S. Senators.
30: Roosevelt Calls Crusading Journalists “Muckrakers”.
31: The Washington Post Gives Wounded Veterans a Voice.
32: Pete Hamill Explains the Importance of Investigative Journalism.
33: Modern-Day Muckrakers Face Major Challenges.
34: Important People, Places, and Terms.
Sources for Further Study.
Photo and Illustration Credits.