Muckrakers

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Between the three; Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell and Lincoln Steffens, I noticed some similarities. One similarity is how all three wrote about huge companies or businesses and their corruption. They basically showed how wherever you were in the ranks/class, you stayed there. Whether it was on the bottom or top, the rich and powerful made sure to keep them on the top and everyone else on the bottom. In Sinclair’s book The Jungle, he displays how the Chicago meat factories treated the immigrant workers horribly. Jurgis learns of this new method the factories called “Speeding-up” Sinclair writes, “On the contrary the speeding-up seemed to be growing more savage all the time; they were continually inventing new devices to crowd the work on.” (Pg. 116) They hired new people continuously but paid them less to prevent losing money. It wasn’t only meat companies that cheated them though. Jurgis and his family find out that the house they bought was a scam. “In the first place as to the house they bought, it was not new at all.” (Pg. 69) If the immigrants couldn’t keep their jobs or their house, they couldn’t start a life (or a good one anyway) to succeed and rise up the ranks, basically the American dream. In Ida Tarbell’s biography, she uncovers the truth about the Rockefellers and the Standard Oil Company, how they didn’t play fair and broke the rules. Her bio writes, “The 1872 South Improvement scheme, a hidden agreement between the railroads and refiners led by John D. Rockefeller, hit the Pennsylvania Oil Region like a tidal wave.” (2nd Paragraph) Basically she experienced firsthand the corruptness of Standard Oil Company. How they teamed up with other big businesses to crush all other competitors to be number one. This also kept people of high rank to stay high and of low rank to stay low. Shame of the Cities by Lincoln Steffens exposes how the governments throughout America are corrupt and mislead the American people. Steffens writes, “The people: what they will put u View More »

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