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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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Matt rated it really liked it Sep 15, Louis, and there is to-day police graft there.

Exposure of the unknown was not my purpose. Folk, however, took his duties seriously.

The Shame of the Cities

Sagamore Press,3, 41, 61, 72, Sagamore Press,19,25, 27,40, Sagamore Press,69, 70,74, 84, Be the first to ask a question about The Shame of the Cities. I would play the fool to the American people. Pravda, the Russian newspaper, recently wrote an editorial about the illiterate American voters. Tammany says they don’t.

And there is my justification for separating from the bound volumes of the magazine and republishing, practically without re-editing, my accounts as a reporter of the shame of American cities. After being selected to the jury in Shmehe and his colleagues paid several private detectives to investigate the machine. The Macmillan Company,; Patrick F. The reaction to his articles, he thought, demonstrated that “our shamelessness is superficial, that beneath it lies a pride which, being real, may save us yet.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Lincoln Steffens, The Shame of the Cities Annotation In the s, changes in printing technology citkes possible inexpensive magazines that could appeal to a broader and increasingly more literate middle-class audience.

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His book deals only with high-end corruption, and the “shame” supposedly comes from the inability of good citizens to run their own government, and the bad effects of political crooks on the reputation of their cities. Many politicians have gone out into business and done well Tammany ex-mayors, and nearly all the old bosses of Philadelphia are prominent financiers in their citiesand business men have gone into politics and done well Mark Hanna, for example.


President Roosevelt has been sneered at for going about the country preaching, as a cure for our American evils, good conduct in the individual, simple honesty, courage, and efficiency. Steffens discusses new developments in Folk’s investigation, especially Butler’s trial and conviction.

This is the estimate made for me by a banker, who said that the boodler got not one-tenth the value of the things they sold, but were content because they got it all themselves”. If my observations have been true, the literal adoption of Mr.

Louis”, he claims, finally drove the city’s people to action against the reigning machine, as they worked to prove wrong his claim that the public was apathetic: Philadelphia and Minneapolis are the worst cities as og the times they were depicted here. Steffens then traveled to Philadelphia.

The book, furthermore, made Steffens a national celebrity. Louis, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. If our political leaders are to be always a lot of political merchants, they will supply any demand we may create. Let him have his graft!

Wetmore and I compiled together, but it was not shown plainly enough. This is one of my favorite books because it puts political corruption to a whole new light. Pittsburgh, as I said in the article, knew itself, and may pull out of its disgrace, but Philadelphia is contented and seems hopeless.

The Shame of the Cities: Steffens on Urban Blight

All these things occur in most of these places. In “The Shame of Minneapolis”, he reports that many citizens, rather than supporting the grand jury’s efforts to clean up the city, tried to discourage them: But, if I was never complete, I never exaggerated.


Steffens then wrote “Philadelphia: Introductionand Some Conclusions This is not a book. Stecfens had been hired tue a managing editor for the magazine, but, as Steffens biographers note, he struggled with the job. Sagamore Press,40, 3. Rhonda rated it did not like it Jan 28, But there is hope, not alone despair, in the commercialism linfoln our politics.

Mitch rated it really liked it Jul 01, Steffens discusses Circuit Attorney Folk’s efforts to clean up the city’s corruption.

President Roosevelt has been sneered at for going about the country preaching, as a cure for our American evils, good conduct in the individual, simple honesty, courage, and efficiency. He framed his work as an attempt “to sound for the civic pride of an apparently shameless citizenship,” by making the public face their responsibility in the persistence of municipal corruption.

Victor rated it liked it May 09, James rated it it was amazing Aug 09, It was impossible in the space of a magazine article to cover in any one city all the phases of municipal government, so I chose cities that typified most strikingly some particular phase or phases. Return to Book Page.

This state of things was indicated in the first article which Claude H. He documents the abuses of Mayor Samuel H. Are the og better than Tammany?

After the conviction of Ames’ brother, Fred, Mayor Ames fled the state, and the city government was thrown into disarray. When I set out on my travels, an honest New Yorker told me honestly that I would find that the Irish, the Catholic Irish, were at the bottom of it all everywhere. Jeanne Danes rated it really liked it Jun 25,