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Book Review Muckraking Three Landmark Articles The Bedford Series in History and Culture Muckraking By Ellen F Fitzpatrick Bedford Books of St Martins Press 1994x 132 pp ISBN 0-312-08944-9 The Editor Ellen F Fitzpatrick is currently an associate professor of history at Harvard University She has published many articles on womens history and social reform Lincoln Steffens was one of the leading muckrakers He wrote many articles exposing municipal corruption Ida M Tarbell wrote articles exposing Rockefeller Ray Stannard Baker was involved in exposing railroad and financial corruption These three journalists joined together to establish American Magazine After three terms as mayor of Minneapolis Doc Ames reformed Corrupt he was indeed He took all the honors and left all the spoils for his followers or reformed administration Ames had new plans for the city of Minneapolis He turned the city over to outlaws who were directed by the police to profit for the Ames administration Doc Ames chose his brother Colonel Fred W Ames as chief of his administration Colonel Ames had once commanded a Minnesota regiment in the Philippines where he was proved to be a coward under fire Mayor Ames chose Norman King a former gambler as chief of detectives Kings job was to invite thieves pickpocketers and gamblers to Minneapolis Irwin A Gardner was put in charge of collecting from the women of the town He was made a special policeman because he was a medical student in a doctors office These men were all in charge of the police force the dismissed one hundred and seven police officers who could not be truste d but they kept the one hundred and eight teen men who could be trusted John Fichette also known as Coffee John was appointed captain of police with no duties other than to sell places on the police force The reformed administration liberated the thieves in the local jail Gambling went on
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