Muckraker  

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"Upton Sinclair attacked the U.S. meat packing industry in his muckraking novel The Jungle (1906)" --Sholem Stein

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A muckraker seeks to expose corruption of businesses or government to the public. The term originates with writers of the Progressive movement within the United States who wanted to expose corruption and scandals in government and business. Muckrakers often wrote about the wretchedness of urban life and poverty, and against the established institutions of society, such as big business.

In British English usage the term tends to have a more negative connotation, indicating a greater sense of prurience.

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Muckrakers and their works

Early Muckrakers

Contemporary muckrakers

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