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Reforming Government

These resources explain how progressives attempted to make legislative changes to protect consumers from unsafe medicine and food. Use these resources to help students understand the progressive movement's tactics and goals as they relate to consumer products. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • Who were the muckrakers and what were they known for?
  • What concerns did muckrakers have regarding governmental reforms?
  • Evaluate the reforms passed regarding government. How effective do you think the muckrakers were in enacting change?


  1. Overview: Reforming Government
  2. Topic Center Overview: The Progressive Era, 1890–1920
  3. Visuals: Reforming Government (Visual)
  4. Outline: Outline
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Reference Articles: muckraker movement
  7. Reference Articles: progressive movement
  8. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Political cartoon: Election of 1912
  9. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Political cartoon: Tammany Hall
  10. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Robber Barons
  11. Political, Government & Court Documents: Steffens, Lincoln: The Shame of the Cities (1906)
  12. Speeches: Roosevelt, Theodore: Muckrakers speech (1906)

MLA Citation

"Reforming Government." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153039?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153039

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