Lincoln Steffens

Lincoln Steffens (Joseph Lincoln Steffens), 1866–1936, American editor and author, b. San Francisco, grad. Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1889, and studied three years in Europe. Returning to the United States, he took successive reporting jobs on various New York City newspapers. Soon Steffens became one of America's leading muckrakers, and while he held (1902–11) successive editorial positions on McClure's, the American, and Everybody's magazines he wrote sensational articles exposing municipal corruption, corporate monopolies, and political machines, areas that had never been covered in this way by journalists. His pieces were later collected in The Shame of the Cities (1904), The Struggle for Self-Government (1906), Upbuilders (1909), and other volumes. His autobiography (1931) contains not only personal reminiscences but also valuable information on the leftist movements of his era.

See his Lincoln Steffens Speaking (1936) and his letters (ed. by E. Winters and G. Hicks, 2 vol., 1938); biographies by J. Kaplan (1974) and P. Hartshorn (2011).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Lincoln Steffens: Selected full-text books and articles

The Letters of Lincoln Steffens By Carl Sandburg; Lincoln Steffens; Ella Winter; Granville Hicks Harcourt Brace and Company, vol.2, 1938
The American Mind: Selections from the Literature of the United States By Harry R. Warfel; Ralph H. Gabriel; Stanley T. Williams American Book, vol.2, 1937
Librarian’s tip: "'The Faith of the Muckrakers' an excerpt from Lincoln Steffens's 'The Shame of the Cities'" begins on p. 962
The Muckrakers: Evangelical Crusaders By Robert Miraldi Praeger Publishers, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Lincoln Steffens: The Paradoxical Muckraker"
Critics & Crusaders: A Century of American Protest By Charles A. Madison H. Holt and Company, 1947
Librarian’s tip: "Lincoln Steffens: Muckraker's Progress" begins on p. 395
The Progressive Years: The Spirit and Achievement of American Reform By Otis Pease George Braziller, 1962
Librarian’s tip: "The Struggle for Self-Government" by Lincoln Steffens begins on p. 131
Apprenticing Reporters: Lincoln Steffens on 'The Evening Post.' By Stein, Harry H The Historian, Vol. 58, No. 2, Winter 1996
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States of Perfect Freedom: Autobiography and American Political Thought By Philip Abbott University of Massachusetts Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Remembering: Henry Adams, Lincoln Steffens, Richard Wright"
A Sourcebook of American Literary Journalism: Representative Writers in an Emerging Genre By Thomas B. Connery Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Lincoln Steffens" begins on p. 101
American Writing Today: Its Independence and Vigor By Allan Angoff New York University Press, 1957
Librarian’s tip: "Lincoln Steffens" begins on p. 380
The Urban Choices: The City and Its Critics By Roger Starr Penguin Press, 1967
Librarian’s tip: Chap. V "Good Night, Lincoln Steffens"
The Era of the Muckrakers By C. C. Regier University of North Carolina Press, 1932
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Six "The Shameless Cities"
The Roots of American Communism By Theodore Draper Viking Press, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Roads to Moscow"
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