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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But there is hope, not alone despair, in the commercialism of our politics. Fisher, has since taken a leadership role: The first city I went to was St. After that, his nomination for Governor of the State was declared for by the people, who formed Folk clubs all over the State to force him upon his party and theirs, and thus insure the pursuit of the boodlers in St.

Corruption here isn’t shameful because it leads to bad ends, it’s shameful because it reflects poorly on the morals and manliness of those in corrupt cities. Newspaper editor William Allen Whitefor example, declared that the book “has done for American cities what De Tocqueville did for the country over a hundred years ago”. The politician is a business man with a specialty.

Chicago, Steffens says, is not yet “an example of good municipal government”, but it nonetheless “should be celebrated among American cities for reform, real reform”. Mitch rated it really liked it Jul 01, Louis”, published in October We let them divert our loyalty from the United States to some “party”; we let them boss the party and turn our municipal democracies into autocracies and our republican nation into a plutocracy.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. From — he covered the Mexican Revolution and began to see revolution as preferable to reform. Folk lifted the lid off Missouri for a moment after that, and the State also appeared ripe for the gathering.


Introductionand Some Conclusions This is not a book.

Simon and Schuster, Louis”, “blame the politicians and the vicious and ignorant poor” for corruption, “In lihcoln cities, the better classes—the business men—are the sources of corruption”. Bribery, Steffens noted, had become commonplace in city government by o turn of the century. Up to that time nobody knew exactly how St. Unlike all of the other cities he has covered, Steffens notes, New York, under Mayor Seth Lowactually has a good administration: In the s, changes in printing technology made possible inexpensive magazines that could appeal to a broader and increasingly more literate middle-class audience.

Tammany says they don’t. That’s what’s the matter with it. 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 tue be a power in the land.

He grew up in a wealthy family and attended a military academy.

The Shame of the Cities

And it is real. 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 next city was Philadelphia, the citis American community of all, and the most hopeless. We are a free and sovereign people, we govern ourselves and the government is ours. The citizens had made no move to dislodge them.

But no one class is at fault, nor any one breed, nor any particular interest or group of interests. In each of these cities—indeed, in every American city—government is captured by “rings” and life only proceeds by the leave of unelected thugs.

He concluded “Tweed Days in St. Leslie rated it really liked it Oct 27, Michael Fitzgerald rated it liked it May 01, And who was hurt? When a business man of some other line learns the business of politics, he is a politician, and stefffens is not much reform left in him. Louis and in Missouri too.


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. Retrieved from ” https: But no matter about that; I insist upon the journalism.

James rated it liked it Oct 11, Philadelphia and Minneapolis are the worst cities as of the times they were depicted here. Louis articles, along with another follow-up piece Steffens wrote in Aprilhelped rally support for Folk and helped him be elected governor of Missouri later that year. Louis” by stating, “The people may be tired of it [corrupt municipal government], but they cannot give it up—not yet”.

Now, the typical American citizen is the business man.

The Shame of the Cities by Lincoln Steffens

Morgan, and a political boss like Matthew S. We confirm the editorial every time there is an election.

What was the result? It is the grafter; the coward, too, but the grafter inspires the coward. Louis, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. 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.