Muckrakers were investigative journalists who exposed corruption in business or government, or examined serious societal issues. Several of the most well-known muckrakers worked for McClure’s Magazine , where they wrote exposés on large companies, meat slaughtering houses, and city governments. These prominent and influential reporters included Ida M. Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, Upton Sinclair, and Ray Stannard Baker.
1. Write a well-constructed article on one muckraker. (Ida M. Tarbell) Keep the following points in mind as you write your essay:
· Include important biographical information about the individual’s life.
· Give specific examples of articles and books that were written. What businesses or government offices were targeted in the exposés?
· What reforms or changes took place as a result of the individual’s writings?