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Muckrakers Resources: Background

This guide was created for students at Sharon High School. The goal of this resource is to assist in study and research related to the journalism of the Progressive era of United States History.

Historical Lens on Muckraking

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  • The History Channel, an open source textbook licenced under the Creative Commons presents an overview of the Muckrackers here. 

"The pen is sometimes mightier than the sword.

It may be a cliché, but it was all too true for journalists at the turn of the century. The print revolution enabled publications to increase their subscriptions dramatically. What appeared in print was now more powerful than ever. Writing to Congress in hopes of correcting abuses was slow and often produced zero results. Publishing a series of articles had a much more immediate impact. Collectively called MUCKRAKERS, a brave cadre of reporters exposed injustices so grave they made the blood of the average American run cold."


"Muckrakers." Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.


  • Some of President Theodore Roosevelt's notable speeches:

The Man With the Muckrake and The New Nationalism

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