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

lf Louis had shown no shame. Sagamore Press, To him parties are nothing but means to his corrupt ends. When I returned to St.

That process would take a generation or more to complete, for the politicians now really do not know what good government is. Whatever hinders it, is wrong; it must be.

Though Pittsburgh citizens finally organized a Citizens’ party to overthrow the machine inand won that year’s election, Steffens reports that one of the party’s committee members, Thomas Steele Bigelowco-opted the party, attracted Magee and Flinn’s former supporters, and became the city’s new boss.

The business man has failed in politics as he has in citizenship.

When his neglect has permitted bad government to go so far that he can be stirred to action, he is unhappy, and he looks around for a cure that shall be quick, so that he may hurry back to the shop. Sagamore Press,, sahme, John David Stanway rated it liked it Mar 26, Democracy with us may be impossible and corruption inevitable, but these articles, if they have proved nothing else, have demonstrated beyond doubt that we can stand the truth; that there is pride in the character of American citizenship; and that this pride may be a power in the land.


From that moment the city has been determined and active, and boodle seems to be doomed. Are they better than the merchant and the politician? Because politics is business. Because if the honest voter cared no more for his party than the politician and the grafter, then the honest vote would govern, and that would be bad—for graft.

The Shame of the Cities – Wikipedia

Wetmore lived in St. If it would not “go,” they would offer something else, and, if the demand were steady, they, being so commercial, would “deliver the goods. Louis, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Responding to public concerns about corruption, the local Democratic Party put together a “reform” ticket, though this was “[s]imply part of the game”, rather than out of a sincere desire to reform. 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: Steffens was born April 6,in San Francisco.

The first city I went to was St.


Every one of those articles was an understatement, especially where the conditions were bad, and the proof thereof is that while each article seemed to astonish other cities, it disappointed the city which was its subject. Louis legislators and businessmen, while scaring others into fleeing the ckties, in some cases, fleeing the country. As I understood, Steffens points to the origin of corruption to two important causes: Trivia About The Shame of the So I returned linclln St. After setting out in the spring ofSteffens learned of and arranged a meeting with Joseph W.

He tries to debunk popular explanations for city corruption.

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. Steffens’ next if was in Minneapolis. I started reading this a few years ago and found it distant and dry and fairly non-specific. Louisans decide between us.

He later became an editor of McClure’s magazine, where he became part of a celebrated muckraking trio with Ida Tarbell and Ray Stannard Baker. If our political leaders are to be always a lot of political merchants, they will supply any demand we may create.