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The Progressives: Muckraker Edition

Lincoln Steffens

Ida Tarbell

Jacob Riis

Upton Sinclair




Start here

This is your starting point for today's assignment.


Select your muckraker

Select content to review according to YOUR preference.

step into role

1. Journalists: you are researchers of your muckraker's cause and publication. What was it? Why did they do it? How did they do it?2. Columnists: You analyze the impact, if any, of these reformers and their works. Did legislation result after their hard work? What was it?3. Editors: You create the headline -make sure to make it sensational! You are also responsible for laying out the newspaper and creating a visually appealing product. You are the one to share out to the class.

In your assigned groups you should determine two/three people for each role to work collaboratively

What is a muckraker? Muckrakers were Progressive era (1890s-1920s) journalists, novelists, cartoonists and photographers who wanted to expose the corruption they felt was rampant in American government and society (especially in big business).