Muckrakers exposed corruption and injustices in ways that forced society to examine and confront these issues. We owe many social reforms to the efforts of these brave people.
What motivates us to be greedy? Who is likely to be more greedy: people with more or with less? Read about a study that was designed to answer questions like these.
Food industries did not always have the best interests of their consumers in mind. This is especially the case with “embalmed milk,” a tainted dairy product.
Source: Mental Floss
Nellie Bly risked injury and insanity to report on the horrible conditions of mental institutions in the late 1880s. Her undercover investigation led to public awareness and reform
Jacob Riis brought the darkness of New York City’s tenement housing into light with his photos. This forced America to confront the brutal conditions that impoverished people faced.
Source: The Guardian
Despite increased training and safety measures, serious injuries for US meat plant workers is not a thing of the past. This article details the dangers workers face while on the job.
Whistleblowers have cause for alarm due to “ag-gag” laws that prohibit undercover videos of farm activity. While the videos have the potential to harm the agriculture industry, they can also expose illegal and immoral activities.
Source: The Atlantic
Can laws make people healthier? A nutrition professor at New York University shares her perspective on the effectiveness of regulation in improving eating behaviors and public health.
In the last half of the 1800s, thousands of urban poor people, many who were immigrants, lived in overcrowded and unsafe tenement buildings. This article describes how tenements came into being and were eventually phased out.
This video gives a brief overview of the event that initiated the Spanish-American War, as well as a history of the Battle of Manila Bay.
Source: Business Insider
Tech company CEO Richard White compares current internet service providers and how to regulate them to railroad companies of the Gilded Age.
Source: Sonoma Index-Tribune
Professor and author Jeanne C. Reesman extols the writing of Jack London.
Critic Meghan O’Rourke argues that publishing drafts of Elizabeth Bishop’s work reveals more of the American poet’s brilliance.
Source: Nieman Reports
In part of its 21st Century Muckrakers series, Nieman Reports, a foundation that seeks to advance the standards of journalism, outlines the obstacles and advantages of contemporary investigative reporting.
Source: NBC News
This article documents the current disputes about the safety of workers in the meat processing and meat packing industry.
Source: The New York Times
Critic Jayne Anne Phillips outlines Stephen Crane’s life as she reviews Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire, a 2014 biography of the American author written by Paul Sorrentino.
Is the solution to economic inequality for billionaires to give it back? Author David Callahan talks to the University of Pennyslvania’s Knowledge@Wharton podcast host about his new book, The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age, in which he wites about this topic.
Source: National Park Service
From 1897 to 1898, tens of thousands of people traveled to Alaska in search of gold. Click the links throughout the article for more photos, maps, and information.
In 1878, Fred Harvey began building restaurants along the Santa Fe railway. After a fight broke out among male staff, he fired them and hired young women to take their place. These waitress jobs were a small step toward women’s independence.
Learn about five muckracking journalists who affected social change around the turn of the twentieth century.