The Muckrakers: Evangelical Crusaders

Synopsis

This collection of essays provides a critical and scholarly assessment of muckraking journalists at the beginning of the twentieth century. Contributors discuss how spiritual values led journalists to seek social change, through crusades and exposes, sometimes at the price of public confusion and cynicism. They explore how the richest church in America was forced to clean up its tenement houses, how a Buffalo newspaper crusaded for improvements in living conditions for immigrants, why women journalists were keys to civic improvement efforts, and how muckraking and the crusading spirit permeated the press even in small towns. The authors place these stories in the context of various facets of early 20th century American culture.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Bruce J. Evensen
  • Michael Dillon
  • Robert Miraldi
  • Agnes Hooper Gottlieb
  • Stephen Whitfield
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000