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What do Lincoln Steffens Ida M Tarbell Upton Sinclair Alice Paul and Samuel Hopkins Adams all have in common All five contributed to exposing the truth behind the progressive eras corrupt politics and social injustice They were an elite group known by society as muckrakers Journalists who in the twentieth century dared to challenge the evils of business life and government and unearth them to the middle class Unafraid of these powers their articles appeared in many reform newspapers and magazines especially McClures Together and solo they attacked corporate abuses city government working conditions and many other heated issues Each specializing and taking interest in his or her unaccompanied battleFor instance Ida M Tarbell a writer and editor of a handful of publications took it upon herself to tackle the Standard Oil Company She described their methods of eliminating other competitive businesses as cutthroat Publishing two volumes on her nemesis history in 1904 examining the corporations dominating trusts and intriguing strategies Lincoln Steffens also a writer was responsible for the ingenious and very famous articles Shame of the Cities 1904 The Struggle for Self-Government 1906 and Upbuilders 1909 Steffens pieces were instantly successes and helped gain support for reform Both journalist and author Samuel Hopkins Adams preached on the hidden secrets behind the scrupulous patent-medicine industry Fearless he also confronted President Warren G Harding and the sins of his leadership in his 1926 novel RevelryIn the twentieth century it was rare for a common middle-class society member to stand up for what they believed The people you have just read about were an influential few Not only did they protest for themselves but for all hardworking trusting right deserving Americans They contributed to reforming a time of strict faiths and powerful commanders never looking back
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