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Journalistic Advocates and Muckrakers: Three Centuries of Crusading Writers
     

Journalistic Advocates and Muckrakers: Three Centuries of Crusading Writers

by Edd Applegate
 

Advocacy has been a feature of journalism since the early days of the profession, with columnists and editors attempting to sway popular opinion and influence public policy through their writings. Though it is quite different in format, muckraking, or investigative journalism, is an outgrowth of the advocacy movement. Muckrakers first came into prominence in the

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Advocacy has been a feature of journalism since the early days of the profession, with columnists and editors attempting to sway popular opinion and influence public policy through their writings. Though it is quite different in format, muckraking, or investigative journalism, is an outgrowth of the advocacy movement. Muckrakers first came into prominence in the early part of the twentieth century, investigating corruption and influencing opinion and policy through the power of their exposes.

H.L. Mencken, Jack Anderson, Rachel Carson, William F. Buckley, Karl Marx, Gloria Steinem, Tad Szulc and David Wise are just a few of the over 100 writers and editors profiled in this work. The writers' major works are the focus, but their overall careers and those who influenced them are also fully detailed. The biographies include vital dates and information on the journalist's family, education and other pertinent details.

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Rettig on Reference
this welcome book fills a void in journalism biography
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H. L. Mencken, Jack Anderson, Rachel Carson, William F. Buckley, Thomas Paine, Ralph Nader, Gloria Steinem, and Karl Marx are among the writers profiled. Most are from the US during the past century. The articles, typically a page or two long, include brief biographical information and fuller details of their writing career emphasizing their advocacy and muckraking work. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786403653
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Pages:
227

Meet the Author

Edd Applegate is an associate professor of journalism at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

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