Stories that Changed America: Muckrakers of the 20th Century

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Seven Stories Press, Jan 4, 2011 - Political Science - 272 pages
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.
 

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

JESSICA MITFORD
147
EXCERPT FROM THE AMERICAN WAY OF DEATH
153
BETTY FRIEDAN
159
EXCERPT FROM THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE
165
MALCOLM X
171
EXCERPT FROM ALEX HALEYS PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH MALCOLM X
179
EXCERPT FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X
181
MICHAEL HARRINGTON
185

MARGARET SANGER
67
EXCERPTS FROM THE WOMAN REBEL
73
ABORTION IN THE UNITED STATES
74
SUPPRESSION
75
A LITTLE LESSON FOR THOSE WHO OUGHT TO KNOW BETTER
77
GEORGE SELDES
79
EXCERPTS FROM IN FACT
85
61 EXCESS DEATHS
86
DOCUMENTATION
87
EXCERPT FROM THE FACTS ARE
88
JOHN STEINBECK
91
EXCERPT FROM THE GRAPES OF WRATH
97
J WILLIAM FULBRIGHT
105
EXCERPTS FROM THE PENTAGON PROPAGANDA MACHINE
111
INFORMATION TO PROPOGANDA
114
RACHEL CARSON
117
EXCERPT FROM SILENT SPRING
123
I F STONE
125
EXCERPT FROM I F STONES WEEKLY
131
EDWARD R MURROW
135
EXCERPTS FROM IN SEARCH OF LIGHT
141
SEE IT NOW BROADCASTMARCH 9 1954
144
CBS NEWS BROADCASTMAY 2 1957
146
EXCERPT FROM THE OTHER AMERICA
191
PAUL BRODEUR
197
EXCERPT FROM EXPENDABLE AMERICANS
203
PAUL EHRLICH
209
EXCERPTS FROM THE POPULATION BOMB
215
TOO LITTLE FOOD
217
A DYING PLANET?
218
RALPH NADER
221
EXCERPT FROM UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED
227
THE ONECAR ACCIDENT
230
SEYMOUR HERSH
233
EXCERPT FROM MY LAI 4
239
THE DAYPART II
243
BOB WOODWARD and CARL BERNSTEIN
245
EXCERPT FROM THE WASHINGTON POST
253
FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ
259
EXCERPT FROM DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET
265
CULTURAL EATING HABITS
266
CASH CROPS
267
PROTEIN ISNT EVERYTHING
268
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DR. CARL JENSEN is a professor emeritus of Sociology and Communications Studies at Sonoma State University in California and the author of Censored-The News That Didn't Make the News and Why from 1976 to 1996, and 20 Years of Censored News, in 1997. He founded Project Censored, the internationally recognized media research project, in 1976.

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