LINCOLN STEFFENS THE SHAME OF THE CITIES PDF

It is considered one of several early major pieces of muckraking journalism, though Steffens later claimed that this work made him "the first muckraker. Steffens tried to advance a theory of city corruption: corruption, he claimed, was the result of "big business men" who corrupted city government for their own ends, and "the typical business man"—average Americans—who ignored politics and allowed such corruption to continue. 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. Steffens began working on the articles that would become The Shame of the Cities after he joined the staff of McClure's in He had been hired as a managing editor for the magazine, but, as Steffens biographers note, he struggled with the job.

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It provides the broader political background, theoretical and historical context needed to better understand the social and political roots of corruption in general terms: the social and moral nature of corruption and reform.

Steffens enjoyed the support of a multitude of journalists with first-hand knowledge of their localities. He interviewed and came to know political bosses, crusading district attorneys and indicted corruptionists spanning a cast of hundreds. He also benefited from the support of a large-scale, nationally prominent network of anti-corruption specialists and luminaries, including President Theodore Roosevelt.

Louis and Minneapolis. His work culminated in a well-documented record of Gilded Age corruption in the cities; and, with the addition of the editorial annotations, Chronology and Introduction of this edition, the reader is placed in a position to gain an overview and considerable insight into the general, moral and social-political phenomenon of corruption.

This book will be of interest for students and professionals in political philosophy, political science, American history and American studies. Professor H. Callaway has published widely in both the US and Europe on the philosophy of language and meaning, and on the interpretation of American intellectual history.

His publications include scores of professional articles in scholarly journals and a dozen books. His work in American philosophy and intellectual history includes many professional articles and reviews, and critical editions of works by Ralph Waldo Emerson and William James. Health Sciences.

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THE SHAME OF THE CITIES

It provides the broader political background, theoretical and historical context needed to better understand the social and political roots of corruption in general terms: the social and moral nature of corruption and reform. Steffens enjoyed the support of a multitude of journalists with first-hand knowledge of their localities. He interviewed and came to know political bosses, crusading district attorneys and indicted corruptionists spanning a cast of hundreds. He also benefited from the support of a large-scale, nationally prominent network of anti-corruption specialists and luminaries, including President Theodore Roosevelt.

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Lincoln Steffens’s The Shame of the Cities, and the Philosophy of Corruption and Reform

In the s, changes in printing technology made possible inexpensive magazines that could appeal to a broader and increasingly more literate middle-class audience. But urban political corruption remained a particularly popular target, and in Steffens collected and published his writings on St. The Introduction, below, suggested his overall conclusions about political corruption. Introductionand Some Conclusions This is not a book. Done as journalism, they are journalism still, and no further pretensions are set up for them in their new dress.

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