Definition of muckraker noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



; NAmE
jump to other results
any of a group of US writers in the early 1900s who wrote criticizing aspects of US life, such as dishonest behaviour in business and government, companies making children work long hours, and unfair treatment of black people. President Theodore Roosevelt gave them the name 'muckrakers' in 1906, suggesting that they were only interested in finding bad things to write about. However, their work increased public knowledge and led to a lot of social changes. One example of a muckraker was Upton Sinclair, whose book The Jungle (1906) led to the US Pure Food and Drug Act.