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 did not flatter anybody; I told the truth as near as I could get it, and instead of resentment there was encouragement.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. A Biography New York: I know a man who is making a history of the corrupt construction of the Philadelphia City Hall, in three volumes, and he grieves because he lacks space.

Louis, but they proved also that that pride had been touched. Oliver McClintocka businessman who had spent years learning about the city’s corruption on his own. Another such conceit of our egotism is that which deplores our politics and lauds our business.

That is the only ‘news’ in all the journalism of these articles”. In late nineteenth century, politics in the urban north often included organizations, or “machines” that controlled the disbursement of public resources.

The citizens had made no move to dislodge them. Louis, Steffens notes, the people were so apathetic that they passively allowed three convicted politicians to return to their seats in the city legislature. But, say, I may be able to help you, and I will if I can. But urban political corruption remained a particularly popular target, and in Steffens collected and published his writings on St.


Sagamore Press, Magee, reports Steffens, found a partner in William Flinn: Louis”, Steffens’ follow-up piece to “Tweed Days”, asks: He documents the abuses of Mayor Samuel H. Because politics is business.

The Shame of the Cities

Steffens points out a few times that the root of troubles in many cities is the greed of big business. Good Government to the Test”. The Macmillan Company,; Patrick F. Michael Fitzgerald rated it liked it May 01, Are they better than the merchant and the politician?

He notes that Folk’s investigation is ongoing, but that the people of St. Lincolln ask other readers questions about The Shame of the Citiesplease sign up. Together, McGee and Flinn took complete control of the city government, leading Steffens to claim “Tammany in comparison is a plaything”.

Louis, while McClure wanted Steffens to investigate Chicago. The final article in the book, published just a month later, is “New York: The owner of the Chicago TribuneMedill McCormickhad equally high praise hte the book, saying, “Nothing has been printed which so well portrays municipal conditions in America.

Home About Teachers Privacy Help. Are they better than the merchant and the politician? He had been hired as a managing editor for the magazine, but, as Steffens biographers note, he struggled with the job.


Louis seems to me to be something new in the history of the government of the people, by the rascals, for the rich”. It may raise taxes a little, but I can stand that. We are responsible, not our leaders, since we follow them. In the s, changes in printing technology made possible inexpensive magazines that could appeal to a broader and increasingly more literate middle-class audience. Rhonda rated it did not like it Jan 28, It is idiotic, this devotion to a machine ateffens is used to take our sovereignty from us.

In Philadelphia, he noted, “good people there defend corruption and boast of their machine. It was to me.

The Shame of the Cities: Steffens on Urban Blight

Philadelphia, Steffens argues, is an important case for Americans to study, since its corruption in existed even after the city had reformed and adopted a new city charter in Folkthe recently elected circuit attorney of St. Mageewho, he concedes, “did not, technically speaking, rob the town.

Steffens then wrote “Philadelphia: