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The Pen is Mightier
The Muckraking Life of Charles Edward Russell
 
 
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02 Apr 2003
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Charles Edward Russell was a muckraking journalist who exposed the dark underside of America's class system at the turn of the 20th century. The scandals he revealed through investigative reporting led to some of the most important and largest reform efforts of the period, in areas such as housing, prisons, and race reform. A Pulitzer Prize winner, author of 27 books, and a founder of the NAACP, Russell has nonetheless faded from public view. In this book, Robert Miraldi restores him to his rightful place in history. Miraldi's biography of Russell sheds light on the Hearst and Pulitzer newspaper empires, the growth of yellow journalism, and numerous scandals of the period (including Lizzie Borden's murder of her parents and the gruesome details of the Chicago meatpacking industry). It also provides a fascinating look at the growth of the American Socialist Party, of which Russell was an active member until he resigned when his pro-World War I stance brought him into conflict with other members of the Party.


Description

Charles Edward Russell was a muckraking journalist who exposed the dark underside of America's class system at the turn of the 20th century. The scandals he revealed through investigative reporting led to some of the most important and largest reform efforts of the period, in areas such as housing, prisons, and race reform. A Pulitzer Prize winner, author of 27 books, and a founder of the NAACP, Russell has nonetheless faded from public view. In this book, Robert Miraldi restores him to his rightful place in history. Miraldi's biography of Russell sheds light on the Hearst and Pulitzer newspaper empires, the growth of yellow journalism, and numerous scandals of the period (including Lizzie Borden's murder of her parents and the gruesome details of the Chicago meatpacking industry). It also provides a fascinating look at the growth of the American Socialist Party, of which Russell was an active member until he resigned when his pro-World War I stance brought him into conflict with other members of the Party.


Reviews

'...admirably focuses on Russell's professional and political development...' - Publishers Weekly

'Miraldi feels enriched by having tackled Russell's biography - and so will readers.' - Steve Weinberg, Christian Science Monitor

'For...those interested in the years America was served up by...yellow journalism.' - Scott Hightower, Library Journal

'Miraldi's book is full of surprises...a great effort at a hard look.' - Leonard Gill, Memphis Flyer

'...Miraldi restores Russell to his rightful place in history...' - Jackson, MS Advocate

'...an honest and sensitive portrait of an intriguing figure in American history.' - Bruce F. Battistoll, Times Herald Record (Middletown, NY)


Contents

Prologue: More than a Muckraker
The Johnstown Flood: 'Almost impossible to describe'
The Pious and the Powerful
From Haymarket Square to Lizzie Borden
Crusading Against the Bosses
The Best Job at the WORLD
Hearst, Yellow Journalism, and Chicago
Exposing the World's Greatest Trust
The Shame of the World's Richest Church
Chain Gangs, Race Riots, Justice Denied
'Soldier for the Common Good'
Grappling with the 'Octopus'
Out from Behind the Pen
The Dove Becomes a Hawk
The Amateur Diplomat at War
Propagandist in Russia
New Causes in the Final Years
Epilogue: Slowly but Surely, Progress


Authors

ROBERT MIRALDI is professor of journalism and media at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is the author of Muckraking and Objectivity: Journalism's Colliding Traditions (Greenwood, 1991) and editor of The Muckrakers: Crusading Evangelicals (Praeger, 2000).