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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Go out in the advertising department. Steffens began working on the articles that would become The Shame of the Cities after he joined the staff of McClure’s in I did not want to preserve, I wanted to destroy the facts.

He had been hired as a managing editor for the magazine, but, as Steffens biographers note, he struggled with the job. He too is busy, he is the one that thhe no use and therefore no time for politics.

But the bribe we pay to the janitor to prefer our interests to the landlord’s, is the little brother of the bribe passed to the alderman to sell a city street, and the father of the air-brake stock assigned to the president of a railroad to have this life-saving invention adopted on his road. And it is corruptible, this citizenship.

Want to Read saving…. The bosses have us split up into parties. 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.


Steffens tried to show that corruption developed in the same way in different cities. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Responding to public concerns about corruption, the local Democratic Party put together a “reform” ticket, though th was “[s]imply part of the game”, rather than out of a sincere desire to reform. McClure, Philips, and Co.

Louis, and there is to-day police graft there.

The Shame of the Cities

Philadelphia, Steffens argues, is an important citiea for Americans to study, since its corruption in existed even after the city had reformed and adopted a new city charter in Sagamore Press,9,2. We are pathetically proud of our democratic institutions and our republican form of government, of our grand Constitution and our just laws. We may be mercenary and selfish.

The politician is a business man with a specialty. James rated it it was amazing Aug 09, 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.

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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. Tammany Hall is, of course, legendary, but I had no idea that the police department ciries the biggest revenue generator for the New York machine!


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

I answered that I would let the St. If my observations have been true, the literal adoption of Mr. Thf 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.

Jul 26, Walt rated it it was amazing Shelves: I found this book fo reassuring, in the sense that is part of the so-called “Gilded Age” and often looked back on nostalgically—this was essentially a genre of movies going back before “The Strawberry Blonde” and extending past “My Fair Lady” —and it’s pretty clear that every aspect of society was corrupt in cities big and small.

He writes in the introduction to the book that, to him, the most important new information licoln his work was not the evidence of corruption, but the evidence of the public’s complicity in it: Folk insists shwme constantly upon: Steffens’ work helped usher in the muckraking era. Unlike all of the other cities he has covered, Steffens notes, New York, under Mayor Seth Lowactually has a good administration: It would be easy to become jaded after reading this book.

The book, furthermore, made Steffens a national celebrity. The book covers St.