American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Steffens, (Joseph) Lincoln 1866-1936. American journalist. As managing editor of McClure's Magazine (1902-1906), he exposed governmental corruption in a series of articles, thereby inaugurating the era of muckraking journalism.
- n. United States journalist whose exposes in 1906 started an era of muckraking journalism (1866-1936)
“The famous progressive muckrakers Lincoln Steffens and Ida Tarbell visited Italy and wrote glowing accounts of the Blackshirt regime.”
“You know, in the pantheon of journalistic history, he will be remembered as the sort of missing link between the muckrakers of a century ago - Lincoln Steffens, Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair - and the post-Watergate generation: Woodward, Bernstein, Hersh and the rest.”
“Most notable among them were journalists like Lincoln Steffens, Ida Tarbell and Ray Stannard Baker, whose articles appeared in a new magazine, McClure's, at the turn of the last century.”
“Reform" carries positive overtones of courage, and change, improvement, while the word "reformer" has been applied to great heroes like Teddy Roosevelt or Lincoln Steffens who fought for the powerless and the victimized.”
“If you have a large position in gold, now may be a good time to take profits, says John "Launny" Steffens , founder of Spring Mountain Capital, an investment-management firm in New York.”
“Andy Stern appears to follow in the tradition of Lincoln Steffens in that he's "seen the future, and it works.”
“Steffens (The Shame of the Cities and other works detailing bribery of government officials and incidents of graft in the early twentieth century) and Randy Shilts (And the Band Played On concerning the government's failure to act in the face of the AIDS epidemic).”
“Starting in 1902 for McClure's magazine, Steffens had spent the next half-dozen years raking urban muck.”
“Hoping as a Christian socialist to get labor and capital to lie down together in peace, Steffens in 1911 stepped into a fierce clash over two unionist brothers charged with murder in connection with a Los Angeles dynamite explosion that left 21 dead; he wound up being denounced by both labor and capital.”
“Mr. Hartshorn, perhaps sympathizing somewhat with Steffens's critical slant on business, neglects to note this rebellion.”
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