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Muckrakers & Reformers Images

Boss Tweed

This Thomas Nast cartoon, one of many which he published during the Progressive Era, depicts political machine boss William Tweed (front left) and other members of his "ring" as they point blame at one another in response to the question, "Who stole the people's money?" This was originally published in Harper's Weekly on 19 August 1871.

Votes for Women

Inez Mulholland, dressed all in white, leads a suffragette parade of some 5,000 on the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration.

Campaigning, Even Without the Vote

In Colorado, the National Women's Party campaigns against Woodrow Wilson and the Democrats, putting up billboards that warn: "Their party opposes national women's suffrage."

Speaking A Thousand Words

Lewis Hine actually captures his own shadow in one of his famous images of a child worker—here, a newsboy on the streets of New York in 1908.

Urban Poverty in New York

An illustration from Jacob Riis's How the Other Half Lives shows the evolution of a typical tenement floor plan between 1870 and 1890.

Tight Accommodations

In Jacob Riis's 1889 photo entitled "Five Cents a Spot," the viewer can gain some sense of the horribly overcrowded conditions confronting the poor who sought shelter in rooming houses during the Gilded Age.

Carrying A Nation to Temperance

This poster advertised a lecture given by fiery temperance activist Carry A. Nation.

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