By 1900, the negative effects of the Industrial Revolution had become apparent. People started to notice the poor working and living conditions, the use of child labor, the unfair practices of huge monopolies, and the corruption of politicians all indicated that America was in need of a change.
“ Muckrakers” was a term for a group of progressives, mostly writers and journalists, who exposed the terrible conditions brought on by the Industrial Revolution
Ida Tarbell wrote articles for McClure’s Magazine about the corrupt practices of Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company
Henry Demarest Lloyd wrote about the outrageous gap between the rich and the poor and warned that American society wouldn’t be ruined by poor classes but by the “barbarians from above”, referring to the wealthy tycoons.
Lincoln Steffens wrote articles with Ida Tarbell, showing the corruption of city politics
Upton Sinclair wrote “The Jungle” about the unsafe working conditions and the unsanitary meat packing industry
Jacob Riis wrote “How the Other Half Lives”, exposing the horrid living conditions of the poor families of New York