recent books and public presentations explore
the relation of citizen activism to progressive
social change in the United States. Her
Exposes and Excess: Muckraking in America
1900/2000 (2004) showed how corrective
civic action is inspired by vibrant writers'
fact-filled narratives that expose special
interests' and governmental damage and dishonesty.
Her newest book, Civic Passions: Seven
Who Launched Progressive America (And What
They Teach Us) tells the story of seven
Americans of the Gilded Age—three men and
four women—who laid the foundation for human
rights in modem democratic America.
Tichi shows how these seven, seeking neither fame nor celebrity, shaped public opinion
and legislation on such critical issues
as workplace health and safety, child labor,
public utilities, and the right to be educated
at public expense. Brought to life in this
book, these seven exemplify leadership in
the kinds of crises that demand civic action
in twenty-first century America.