Collinwood: Muckracker Journalism

The episode of the Roosevelt’s I wanted to link to has been taken down. I had to go with this assignment instead.

DUE Monday Feb. 20th

One thing I wanted to do this semester was draw parallels between the past and today. This may surprise you: People are bad. People have always been bad. Selfishness, greed, and wanton disregard for others were as common yesterday as they are today. The best journalism exposes good, honest people to the problems of society in hopes of change.

Below are two examples of muckraking journalism from the early 1900s. The first two links are from possibly the most famous work of muckraking, Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle.” The second two are on the work of Ida B. Wells, who lived in Memphis and documented lynchings throughout the South.

Try to follow the format that was discussed in class. Devote equal time to summary and reflection. (1 single-spaced notebook page approximately)

Muckraking – the jungle

the jungle

Muckraking – Ida B. Wells

give me liberty 647-648(read before the Ida B. Wells)


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