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Overview

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’ exposé 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."

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Editorial Reviews

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Presents famous articles by Lincoln Steffens, Ida Tarbell, and Ray Stannard Baker which appeared in the January, 1903 edition of McClure's Magazine. The articles examine political corruption, the emergence and behavior of giant corporations, and labor racketeering in industrial America. Includes S.S. McClure's accompanying editorial, an extensive introduction, a chronology of Progressive era events, and some b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312089443
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface

INTRODUCTION: LATE-NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA AND THE ORIGINS OF MUCKRACKING

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 DOCUMENTS

Lincoln Steffens, "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

APPENDICES

A Brief Chronology of the Muckraking Years (1890-1912)
Suggestions for Further Reading

Index

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