Muckrakers and Political Reforms

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The muckrakers were a group of American journalists who worked in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  They were dedicated to exposing what they saw as negative conditions in American society.

During this time period, America was changing rapidly as immigrants flooded the country and businesses became bigger and more...

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The muckrakers were a group of American journalists who worked in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  They were dedicated to exposing what they saw as negative conditions in American society.

During this time period, America was changing rapidly as immigrants flooded the country and businesses became bigger and more industrialized.  These changes brought with them some very negative impacts.  The muckrakers wanted to expose those problems (like slum housing, bad working conditions, and the excessive power of monopolies) so that people would demand change.  By doing this, the muckrakers helped to build support for the Progressive movement.

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