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Martin Kelly

Who Were the Muckrakers?

By March 11, 2014

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The term muckraker was coined by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. Investigative reporting had truly started in 1902, and many of the books and articles written by the so-called muckrakers resulted in key reforms. However, when they began to look into political corruption, Roosevelt gave a speech which basically stated that they had gone too far. Who Were the Muckrakers takes a look at the major muckrakers of the Progressive era, their works, and the effects of their writings.


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