Unformatted text preview: The need for reform was highlighted by a group of journalists and writers known as the muckrakers , who made Americans aware of the serious failings in society and built public support for change. Exposés such as Lincoln Steffens' The Shame of the Cities (1904), an attack on municipal corruption, and Ida Tarbell's History of the Standard Oil Company (1904), which chronicled John D. Rockefeller's ruthless business practices, often first appeared in the new mass circulation magazines, such as McClure's and Cosmopolitan , and were later published as books. The muckrakers' impact could be powerful, as in the case of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle (1906), a book whose vivid descriptions of working and sanitary conditions in Chicago's meatpacking plants led directly to federal laws regulating the industry....
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- Fall '08
- The Jungle, John D. Rockefeller, Reform movement, earlier reform movements., War antialcohol reform, Republicans. Presidents Theodore, new mass circulation