Articles published about 100 years ago in popular magazines on political and social issues.
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The author was District Superintendent of Public Schools, New York. In the article she discussed many ways that NY public schools were addressing educational and social needs of children, particularly immigrants, and the ways in which public schools could contribute in future.
Julia Richman, Forum magazine. v.43 1910, page 161. HathiTrust
The author was the U.S. Consul at Le Havre, France. His wide-ranging essay covers the Federal civil service and the extent to which it was adapting to the needs of a modernizing country.
James Edward Dunning, Forum. v.43 1910, page 567. HathiTrust
The author was Secretary of the New York Committee on Women’s Work. She describes the current situation in NY City regarding business and manufacturing conducted within tenement homes, and the use of child labor in such businesses. She also comments on the status of relevant laws and their enforcement.
Mary Van Kleeck, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, v.35 1910 Jan-Jun + Suppl.., page 145. HathiTrust
The writer went to the Pennsylvania coal region to investigate the use of child labor in the mines, which was supposedly regulated by law. This article describes what he saw. Illustrated.
Francis H. Nichols, McClure’s magazine. v.20 1902:Nov./1903:Apr.. , page 435. HathiTrust
Describes the many ways that the white establishment and the revived Ku Klux Klan were preventing African Americans from exercising their right to vote.
Walter F. White, The New Republic, Jan 12, 1921, p. 195
Why young ladies should abandon their misguided notions about having careers, and instead dedicate their lives to home and family.
Henry T. Finck, The Independent. v.53 Jan.-Apr. 1901, page 834. HathiTrust
A 1916 pamphlet containing a collection of editorials about discrimination against South Asian (“Hindu”) immigrants, sponsored by the San-Francisco based Gadar Party.
Ram Chandra Bharadwaj
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Journalist and social reformer Jacob Riis brought the attention of the entire country to the plight of New York’s immigrant children through his writing and photos. This is illustrated with drawings only.
Jacob Riis, Scribner’s magazine v.11 (1892), page 531. HathiTrust
Chapter 1 of a serial, later published as a book. Considered the first notable example of “muckraking” journalism; an expose by social reformers. The Standard Oil Company was later broken by the courts into several companies, to mitigate its monopoly of the oil industry.
Ida M. Tarbell, McClure’s magazine. v.20 1902:Nov./1903:Apr.. , page 3. HathiTrust
An investigative report on the dismal home environment and desperate economic circumstances of coal miners and their families, and especially of the boys employed in the mines.
Edwin Markham, Cosmopolitan 1906
Covers the widespread concern in California about Japanese immigrants. Comments on the the various bills introduced in the legislature to control their entry, to prevent them becoming citizens, or to otherwise restrict them.
Payson J. Treat, Review of Reviews and World’s Work. v. 61 1920, page 76. HathiTrust
A report on the alarming growing influence of the KKK, which had been recreated and revived over the previous 20 years.
Albert de Silver, The Nation. v.113 1921 Jul-Dec., page 285. HathiTrust
An editorial against the explosively-growing national ‘mania’ for lynching African Americans.
The Nation. v.77 Jul-Dec 1903, page 4. HathiTrust
Woods Hutchinson, Selected Articles on Child Labor 1909
The author was one of the most influential African American spokesmen of his time. This article addresses the practice of southern states of steadily reducing African American legal rights, and their migration out of their home states to less restrictive places.
W. E. Burghardt Du Bois, The Independent. v.91 1917, page 53. HathiTrust
“The process by which a nation was created and unified came at last to an end, and a still more fateful process began which was to determine its place and example in the general history of the world.”
Woodrow Wilson, The Atlantic 1907
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Reporting and analysis of election returns from the presidential election of 1916.
Editors, Review of Reviews and World’s Work, vol. 54, no. 6, Dec 1916, p. 579
Description of how unrestricted logging was wiping out the redwood forests, and a plea for rational controls.
Val. Shaw, Overland monthly and the Out West magazine. ser.2:v.39 1902:Jan.-June, page 739 HathiTrust
Report and commentary on proposals then being considered in Congress to sharply curtail immigration.
The editors, The Literary digest. v.62 (1919), page 28. HathiTrust
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Similar to the previous reporting on the Standard Oil Company in the same magazine, this article reveals the shady practices of U.S. Steel in dominating the steel industry.
Ray Stannard Baker, McClure’s magazine. v.18 (1901-02), page 3. HathiTrust
Resolution on the Legal Minimum Wage adopted by the Brooklyn Central Labor Union, Jan 3, 1909
Selected Articles on Minimum Wage 1909