Muckrakers

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  • Upton Sinclair wanted people to know about the unsanitary process by which animals became meat products.
  • Journalist Ida M. Tarbell wanted to expose Rockefeller’s ruthless building of Standard Oil Company.
  • Government at all levels, rather than being an instrument to control big business, is instead used by big businesses as a tool.
  • People don't need to struggle!
  • Jane Addams was part of the Settlement House Movement to improve living conditions of the poor.
  • The descriptions of how meat products were manufactured were an important cause of the federal Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906.
  • So during 1904 his book "The Jungle" became his best selling novel.
  • Throughout the book he described with great accuracy the horrifying physical conditions under which immigrant packing plant workers and their families worked and lived.
  • I aimed at the public’s heart and by accident hit its stomach.
  • In 1904, she published "The History of Standard Oil Company"
  • This leaded to Anti-Trusts Acts that outlawed monopolistic business practices and restricted unions.
  • The book highlights struggles involving Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company. They felt they weren't doing anything wrong and opened their records to Tarbell's investigation, a decision they no doubt came to regret. The Company was broken up in 1911.
  • During 1910 she published "Twenty Years at Hull House" that tells of the poverty and abuses that existed during the Industrial Revolution in the United States.
  • She was one of the creators of the Hull House, a settlement house that provided social services and education to the poor workers who lived there.
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