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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The Shame of the Cities by Lincoln Steffens

The bosses have us split up into parties. He died of heart failure on August 9,in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Rockefeller, a boss of railroads like J. Do we know it when we see it? shmae

Sagamore Press,9,2. But why should I be just?

Go out in the advertising department. Who says the other things? Louis legislators and businessmen, while scaring others into fleeing the state—and, in some cases, fleeing the thd.

The boss is not a political, he is an American institution, the product of a freed people that have not the spirit to be free.

Let him have his graft! This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. In many cases it’s fairly normal stuff like bribery, but in o Well, I ordered and began reading this book with the expectation that it’d be a quaint condemnation of certain qualities of urbanism. Ask him for good politics; punish him when he gives bad, and reward him when he gives good; make politics pay. The League’s new secretary, Walter L. Now, the typical American citizen is the business man.

Louis typically leaned Republican. Responding to public concerns about corruption, the local Democratic Party sha,e together a “reform” ticket, though this was “[s]imply part of the game”, rather than out of a sincere desire to reform.


When a business man of some other line learns the business of politics, he is a politician, and there is not much reform left in him. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the worldand other notations in the work.

No, the contemned methods of our despised politics are the master methods of our braggart business, and the corruption that shocks us in public affairs we practice ourselves in our private concerns. In the s, changes in printing technology made possible inexpensive magazines that could appeal to a broader and increasingly more literate middle-class audience.

Cole and his allies publicized corrupt aldermen’s city council records and war records, or threatened to release more compromising records, to convince those candidates not to run for reelection. But there is hope, not alone despair, in the commercialism of our politics. Louisans decide between us.

He is concerned that popular reform movements are inadequate to really clean up government: We elect a president that no one knows anything about then, after doing nothing for four years, re-elect him. Dec 09, Norbert rated it liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book. Morgan, and a political boss like Matthew S.

This page was last edited on 4 Novemberat Sagamore Press,3, 41, 61, 72, This arrangement attracted criminals to the city, thr of whom arranged with the police to be left alone—according lihcoln Steffens, “the government of a city asked criminals to rob the people”.

The Shame of the Cities

Why, that would change all of us—not alone our neighbors, not alone the grafters, but you and me. After the Minneapolis grand jury had exposed and the courts had tried and the common juries had convicted the grafters there, an election showed that public opinion was formed. The typical business man is a bad citizen; he is busy. Tammany says they don’t. Exposure of the unknown was not my purpose. He writes in the introduction to the book that, to him, the most important new information in his work was shamee the evidence of corruption, but the evidence of the public’s complicity in it: Are we capable of that sustained good citizenship which alone can make democracy a success?


Eric rated ccities really liked it Jun 29, Instead, as he learned from talking to Chicago reformer Walter L. If you are honest with yourself you may be honest with them, and they will forgive not only your candor, but your mistakes.

The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffens. Consider the United States Senate, and believe me. He became such a prominent figure that “Even a cigar company joined the rush to praise Steffens by naming a cigar after him and featuring his face on the box”.

Chicago has police graft and a low order of administrative and general corruption which permeates business, labor, and society generally.

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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. The Introduction, below, suggested his overall conclusions about political corruption. A Biography New York: It may raise taxes a little, but I can stand that.