"Whiter" milk mixed with bleach; "greener" peas canned with copper sulfate; patent medicines based on laudanum-laced alcohol; the sane committed with the insane; safety regulations non-existent; a triumvirate of big business, corrupt politicians and easily seduced government. Welcome to America of the early 1900s. Reform-minded journalists known as "muckrakers" raised public awareness. Equally reform-minded, Theodore Roosevelt supposedly slung his breakfast sausage out the White House window after reading of Chicago's meat packing conditions described in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Learn about Jacob Riis's photos of New York tenements, Ida Tarbell's exposure of Rockefeller and Standard Oil, Nellie Bly's exposé on insanity drawn from her own voluntary commitment to an asylum, along with Upton Sinclair's and other exposés which formed the popular support for Roosevelt's Progressive Movement and for effective reform in the early twentieth century.