Lincoln Steffens: “The Shame of Minneapolis”

(1903)

Lincoln Steffens (1866–1936) was a New York City journalist whose name is often associated with early-twentieth-century “muckraking”—investigative journalism, often sensational, that exposed scandal and corruption. “The Shame of Minneapolis” was an exposé published in McClure's Magazine in January 1903, but the title does not give the full story of the article, for its subtitle reads “The Rescue and Redemption of a City That Was Sold Out.” Essentially, the article tells the story of corruption, bribery, cronyism, graft, and a host of other political ills that beset the city of...

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Lincoln Steffens (Library of Congress)

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