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Printed together for the first time since their original publication in 1903, Ray Stannard Baker's piece on the coal strike, "The Right to Work"; Lincoln Steffens' expose of political corruption, "The Shame of Minneapolis"; and Ida Tarbell's story of corporate villainy, "The Oil War of 1872"; along with an editorial from S. S. McClure and the narrative of Ellen Fitzpatrick, invite students to explore and understand "muckraking."
Ellen F. Fitzpatrick is associate professor of history and currently a Charles Warren Fellow at Harvard University. Her book entitled Endless Crusade: Women Social Scientists and Progressive Reform (1990) was selected as an Outstanding Academic Book of 1990-1991 by Choice Magazine. Fitzpatrick has published numerous articles on women's history and social reform. She is currently at work on a book about American historical writing in the twentieth century.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION Late-Nineteenth-Century America and the Origins of Muckraking
The Impact of Industrialism
The "Magazine Revolution"
The Making of the Journalists
Finding the Story: The Genesis of the Muckrakers' Investigative Reporting
Tarbell and "The Oil War of 1872"
Steffens and "The Shame of Minneapolis"
Baker and "The Right to Work"
"The Shame of Minneapolis"
Ida M. Tarbell
"The Oil War of 1872"
Ray Stannard Baker
"The Right to Work"
S. S. McClure
Editorial: Concerning Three Articles in this Number of McClure's, and a Coincidence that May Set Us Thinking
CONCLUSION Muckraking and Its Aftermath
The Contemporary Response to Muckraking
The Demise of Muckraking
A Brief Chronology of the Muckraking Years (1890-1912)