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Page 2Obj. 7.5.2 Explain the role of individuals and groups in focusing attention on the social, economic, and political problems of the era.Key Points: Muckrakers-a group of writers and journalist that exposed corruption in the US. They created a public demand for reform.Ida Tarbell -a muckraker who accused standard Oil of unfair tactics to force small companies out of businessUpton Sinclair– wrote The Jungle about a meat-packing plant and how dead rats end up in the sausage. He focused on poor sanitary conditions. Roosevelt signed Meat Inspection Act because of his book.Thomas Nast-cartoonist that poked fun at politicsRobert La Follette –governor of Wisconsin-the first state to establish a direct primary. He expanded democracy in his state. This was then carried over to the national level.A direct primary is when VOTERS, not conventions, choose the candidates to run for office.
Thomas Nast called popularized the elephant as the symbol for Republicans and the donkey as the symbol for Democrats.
“Boss” Tweed called
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