Ray Stannard Baker Quotes

Signs everywhere now show a great moral awakening—the cleaning out of rotten business & still more rotten policies. But we’ve only begun! For the first time, men were questioning the fundamentals of democracy, inquiring whether we truly had self-government in America, or whether it had been corrupted by selfish interests. This questioning came not alone from what one might call the working class, but from middle America as well.

The public had been roused by the meatpacking scandal and the other exposes of the leading muckraking journalists—of which Baker was one. President Roosevelt had galvanized and led the public opinion to pressure congress and major great reforms were under way that would change America forever—see New York Times editorial {86516}.

Ray Stannard Baker, 1870-1946, Journalist, Letter to his father, June 23, 1906

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Ray Stannard Baker
Ray Stannard Baker
  • Born: April 17, 1870
  • Died: July 12, 1946
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Journalist

Ray Stannard Baker (also known by his pen name David Grayson) was an American journalist, historian, biographer, and author.