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The Making of a Muckraker

Mitford, Jessica

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ISBN 10: 0718118308 / ISBN 13: 9780718118303
Published by Michael Joseph, London, 1979
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THE MAKING OF A MUCKRAKER. Jessica Mitford. Michael Joseph, London. 1979 First edition ISBN 0718118308 264pp Hardback. This copy is in FINE condition in a FINE unclipped dustwrapper. Always a rebel, even by the standards of the Mitford sisters, Jessica Mitford became active in American Politics and the American way of life after her marriage to Robert Truehaft in 1943, becoming an American citizen in 1944. In May 1961 she traveled to Montgomery, Alabama while working on an article about Southern attitudes for Esquire. While there, she and a friend went to meet the arrival of the Freedom Riders and became caught up in a riot when a mob led by the Ku Klux Klan attacked the civil rights activists. After the riot, Mitford proceeded to a rally led by Martin Luther King, Jr. The church at which this was held was also attacked by the Klan, and Mitford and the group spent the night barricaded inside until the violence was ended by the National Guard. Through his work with unions and death benefits, Treuhaft became interested in the funeral industry and persuaded Mitford to write an investigative article on the subject. Though the article, "Saint Peter Don't You Call Me" published in Frontier magazine, was not widely disseminated, it caught considerable attention when Mitford appeared on a local television broadcast with two industry representatives. Convinced of public interest, she wrote The American Way of Death, which was published in 1963. In the book Mitford harshly criticized the industry for using unscrupulous business practices to take advantage of grieving families. The book became a major bestseller and led to Congressional hearings on the funeral industry. The book was one of the inspirations for filmmaker Tony Richardson's 1965 film The Loved One, which was based on Evelyn Waugh's short satirical 1948 novel of the same name, tellingly subtitled "An Anglo-American Tragedy". After The American Way of Death Mitford continued with her investigative journalism. In 1970, she published an article in the Atlantic Monthly, "Let Us Now Appraise Famous Writers", an exposé of the Famous Writers School, a correspondence course of questionable business practices founded by Bennett Cerf. She published The Trial of Dr. Spock, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr., Michael Ferber, Mitchel Goodman and Marcus Raskin, an account of the five men's 1970 trial on charges of conspiracy to violate the draft laws, followed by a harsh critique of the American prison system entitled Kind and Usual Punishment: The Prison Business (1973), an allusion to the phrase "cruel and unusual punishment". Mitford was a distinguished professor for the fall semester 1973 at San Jose State University where she taught a course called "The American Way", which covered the Watergate scandal and the McCarthy era. Due to disagreements with the dean over her taking a loyalty oath and submitting to fingerprinting, the campus was thrown into protests and she was forced to go to court to remain able to teach. Ref V2 Size: 264pp. Bookseller Inventory # 006067

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Title: The Making of a Muckraker

Publisher: Michael Joseph, London

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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