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Lincoln Steffens: Muckraker’s Progress
He was a confidant to presidents, a mentor to two of the most influential journalists in American history, a friend to industrialists, artists, ward heelers, Communists and bohemians. He saw through all pretenses, circumventions and lies — even the ones he told himself — until in the end he was hornswoggled by the biggest lie of all. No idler, he read everything and studied at universities throughout Germany and France. It was the making of him. Hustling desperately, too proud to tell his family he was married, he landed a job as a reporter for The New York Evening Post, where he learned the workings of both Wall Street and the immigrant slums of the Lower East Side, and made friends with a vigorous young police commissioner named Theodore Roosevelt.
The family moved to Sacramento. At the University of California he developed radical political views. It has been done; not often, but the fact that a proportion, however small, of college students do get a start in interested, methodical study, proves my thesis My method might lose a boy his degree, but a degree is not worth so much as the capacity and the drive to learn My method was hit on by accident and some instinct. I specialized. With several courses prescribed, I concentrated on the one or two that interested me most, and letting the others go, I worked intensively on my favorites.
Voters are in a bad mood. And we are all bracing for another anger-pageant that will stomp through American life for the next 13 months until election day.
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Lincoln Joseph Steffens April 6, — August 9, was an American investigative journalist and one of the leading muckrakers of the Progressive Era in the early 20th century. Louis ,  that would later be published together in a book titled The Shame of the Cities. He is remembered for investigating corruption in municipal government in American cities and leftist values. He was largely raised in Sacramento , the state capital; the Steffens family mansion, a Victorian house on H Street bought from merchant Albert Gallatin in , would become the California Governor's Mansion in He later became an editor of McClure's magazine, where he became part of a celebrated muckraking trio with Ida Tarbell and Ray Stannard Baker. In The Shame of the Cities , Steffens sought to bring about political reform in urban America by appealing to the emotions of Americans.