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