Stories that Changed America: Muckrakers of the 20th Century
Seven Stories Press, 2011 M01 4 - 272 páginas
Exuberantly written, highly informative, Jensen's Stories That Changed America examines the work of twenty-one investigative writers, and how their efforts forever changed our country. Here are the pioneering muckrakers, like Upton Sinclair, author of the fact-based novel The Jungle, that inspired Theodore Roosevelt to sign the Pure Food and Drug Act into law; "Queen of the Muckrakers" Ida Mae Tarbell, whose McClure magazine exposés led to the dissolution of Standard Oil's monopoly; and Lincoln Steffens, a reporter who unearthed corruption in both municipal and federal governments.
You'll also meet Margaret Sanger, the former nurse who coined the term "birth control"; George Seldes, the most censored journalist in American history; Nobel Prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck; environmentalist Rachel Carson; National Organization of Women founder Betty Friedan; African American activist Malcolm X; consumer advocate Ralph Nader; and Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters whose Watergate break-in coverage brought down President Richard Nixon.
The courageous writers Jensen includes in this deftly researched volume dedicated their lives to fight for social, civil, political and environmental rights with their mighty pens.
McClure decided the next major subject for his magazine would be trusts and the
Standard Oil Company, and Tarbell was the obvious choice to write the series.
She was born, after all, just before the discovery of oil, about thirty miles away ...
In addition to Standard Oil court records, there were pamphlets, newspapers and
monthly magazine articles criticizing them, as well as a number of civil suits
which had generated more court files. Tarbell also had the notes she had taken ...
It was a hollow victory for Standard Oil. The judge found for the plaintiff, Standard
Oil appealed, and finally in May of 1911, the Supreme Court upheld the original
decision. The Standard Oil Company was broken up into thirty-eight pieces.
W. H. Doane... told the Congressional committee, which a few months after Mr.
Rockefeller's great coup tried to find out what had happened in Cleveland: "The
refineries are all bought up by the Standard Oil works; they were forced to sell;
Under the combined threat and persuasion of the Standard, armed with the South
Improvement Company scheme, almost the entire independent oil interest of
Cleveland collapsed in three months' time. Of the twenty-six refineries, at least ...
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Jensen (communications studies, Sonoma State Univ.), the author of Twenty Years of Censored News, expands his theme in this book to cover a century of muckrakers. Jensen presents 21 writers, including ... Leer comentario completo
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