Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Apr. 6: Lincoln Steffens, American investigative journalist


Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936) was an American investigative journalist of the type called (proudly) "muckrakers." A series of his articles became The Shame of the Cities, about corruption in municipal government. He was born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento; his family mansion became the California Governor's Mansion in 1903. The first quarter of his Autobiography, "Boy on Horseback," was published separately as a children's book in 1935, its lessons summed up in the observation that "the world was more interesting than I was."


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