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The Pen Is Mightier

The Pen Is Mightier

The Muckraking Life of Charles Edward Russell

Robert Miraldi

St. Martin's Press



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.


Praise for The Pen Is Mightier

“..admirably focuses on Russell's professional and political development..” —Publisher's Weekly

“[Miraldi] has resurrected the mostly forgotten Russell for a contemporary audience with a fascinating biography...” —Steve Weinberg, The IRE Journal

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

“...Miraldi restores Russell to his rightful place in history...” —Jackson, MS Advocate

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

“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

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About the author

Robert Miraldi

Robert Miraldi is Professor of Journalism at the State University of New York, New Paltz. He is the editor of The Muckrakers: Evangelical Crusaders and the author of Muckraking and Objectivity.

Robert Miraldi

Robert Miraldi

Robert Miraldi at the Huffington Post

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