The Muckrakers

Flashcard maker : Lily Taylor
Ida B. Wells’s book The Red Record
exposed the horrors of lynching in America.
In How the Other Half Lives, Jacob Riis exposed
the harsh living conditions in New York City slums.
Which of the following best describes a major effect of Upton Sinclair’s book The Jungle?
It created a controversy that influenced President Roosevelt to take action.
When government inspectors investigated the claims made by Upton Sinclair in The Jungle, they found that
slaughterhouse conditions were even worse than Sinclair had reported.
What impact did Sinclair’s book have on the era of Progressive reform?
The Jungle showed that if the public was informed about a certain issue, it had the power to demand reform from the government
Which of the following best describes the American public’s reaction to reading The Jungle?
The public was outraged and demanded legislative reform from the government.
According to Steffens, what was the purpose of muckraking journalism?
to encourage people to take action against widespread corruption
President Roosevelt’s first reaction to Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle is best described as
disbelief and distrust of Sinclair’s claims.
Which of the following best describes how muckrakers brought about reform in the Progressive Era?
Muckrakers presented Americans with facts about corruption in industry and government that prompted them to demand change.
Which of these was a corrupt business practice that Frank Norris exposed in The Octopus?
railroad companies selling land to farmers and secretly keeping legal ownership of the land

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