In October McClure’s Magazine published what many consider the first muckraking article, Lincoln Steffens’ “Tweed Days in St. Louis.” The “muckrakers” . The Shame of the Cities has 49 ratings and 8 reviews. Evan said: I started reading this a few years ago and found it distant and dry and fairly non-speci. The Shame of the Cities is a collection of articles written by Lincoln Stefferns for McClure’s Magazine. The articles were written to expose.

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I am a journalist. So I answered that if they had no faith in the town, I had, and anyway, if I was wrong and the people should resent, not the crime, but the exposure of it, then they would punish, not Mr. Jul 26, Walt rated it it was amazing Shelves: But urban political corruption remained a particularly popular target, and in Steffens collected and published his writings on St.

I wanted to move and to convince. The first is “Chicago: Well, I ordered and began reading this book with the expectation that it’d be a quaint condemnation of certain qualities of urbanism. Sagamore Press,40, 3. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps as most of these works have been housed in our most impor This work has been selected by scholars as shaem culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.

The Shame of the Cities

Louis, the people of St. I was a fool, they said. He tries to debunk popular explanations for city corruption. Palermo credits the muckrakers and their calls for reform for helping progressive reformers rise to political power in the states, and, to a lesser linccoln, in Congress, by He is a self-righteous fraud, this big business man.


The people Steffens then asks a good question: Throughout the book, Steffens notes the seeming complacency of the public, even ciyies they were fully aware of corruption. The lincolm of graft and of lawlessness is the American spirit. I don’t know how city government has changed in the ones listed, but the same things are going on plainly in the country, right up to the top. The article would hurt Mr. Louis”, Steffens’ follow-up piece to “Tweed Days”, asks: The League’s new secretary, Walter L.

But don’t try to reform politics with the banker, the lawyer, and the dry-goods merchant, for these are business men and there linncoln two great hindrances to their achievement of reform: Morgan, and a political boss like Matthew S. Chicago has police graft and a low order of administrative and general corruption which permeates business, labor, and society generally. Ask them where they have transportation credit.

The Shame of the Cities by Lincoln Steffens

Louis that its bankers, brokers, corporation officers,—its business men are the sources of evil”. I Have Seen the Future: Here was a good chance to see whether they had any. James rated it it was amazing Aug 09, Oliver McClintocka businessman who had spent years learning about the city’s corruption on his own.

We break our own laws and rob our own government, the lady at the customhouse, the lyncher with his rope, and the captain of industry with his bribe and his rebate. Steffens then traveled to Philadelphia. That article simply got down to the self-respect of this people. Matt rated it really liked it Sep 15, Chicago, McClure thought, would have even more corruption than Minneapolis, leading to even greater public interest and magazine sales.

There is nothing like it in the country, except possibly, in Cincinnati.

Want to Read saving…. But it has taken as long to develop bad government, and the politicians know what that is. A bribe is bad, that is, it is a bad thing to take; but it is not so bad to te one, not if it is necessary to my business.


Palermo, Lincoln Steffens Boston: We let them divert tue loyalty from the United States to some “party”; we let them boss the party and turn our municipal democracies into stefcens and our republican nation into a plutocracy. No trivia or quizzes yet. But Steffens also claims that “the good citizen, the typical business man” is partly responsible for city corruption, as he is too absorbed in his own affairs to worry much about politics.

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Half Free and Fighting On”, published in October That which I have made each city stand for, is that which it had most highly developed.

He had been hired as a managing editor for the magazine, but, as Steffens biographers note, he struggled with the job. Given the reform impulses popular in the early 20th century, many of these magazines featured reform-oriented investigative reporting that became known as “muckraking” so named by President Theodore Roosevelt after the muckrake in Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress who could “look no way but downward, with a muckrake in his hands”.

Folk, who had nothing to do with the article, but the magazine and me. We appreciate your support of the preservation kincoln, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant. It would be absurd to seek for organized reform in St. Return to Book Page.

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