My first words above reference those of famous American journalist Lincoln Steffens
, who wrote in 1919 after a starryeyed visit to the young Soviet Union: "I have seen the future, and it works."
Roosevelt said, "The men with the muckrakes are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck." The term muckraker quickly became established in popular use as a name for reform writers such as Lincoln Steffens
, Ida M.
Before he was president, Roosevelt had been an ardent admirer of muckraking journalists like Lincoln Steffens
and Upton Sinclair.
Howe and Lincoln Steffens
, cynical conservative Albert Jay Nock, disenchanted politicians such as former South Dakota Senator Richard F.
He came up with the idea for the Portland Rose Festival and included among his friends Mark Twain, Emma Goldman, John Reed, Clarence Darrow, Lincoln Steffens
, Ansel Adams, John Steinbeck, Charlie Chaplin, James J.
Praised by William James, Lippmann was at one time assistant to George Santayana, later a researcher for the famous muckraker Lincoln Steffens
, and went on to be a political columnist and foreign affairs analyst.
"People like to go back to George Washington calling it Rogue's Island and Lincoln Steffens
calling it a state for sale on the cheap,'' he said.
Morgan, Wall Street and big steel; and Lincoln Steffens
described how party bosses and officials in cities all over the country made corrupt deals.
Interwoven with this account of a political friendship turned sour is the second story of T.R.'s and Taft's very different relationships with muckraking reporters--especially the big three, Ray Stannard Baker, Ida Tarbell, and Lincoln Steffens
, who worked at the Progressive magazine, McClures, headed by S.S.
She quotes the "muckraking" journalist Lincoln Steffens
's generous observation after a morning of conversation with Weyerhaeuser: "how much better a man can be than he thinks he is" (p.
The roster of scholars, journalists, and activists La Follette encountered, either directly or indirectly, included Adolph Berle, Edwin Borchard, William Jennings Bryan, Eugene Debs, Frederic Howe, Albert Jay Nock, Amos Pinchot, Walter Rauschenbusch, John Reed, Lincoln Steffens
, and Thorstein Veblen, among others--a strikingly heterodox group.
When the firebrand journalist Lincoln Steffens
first visited Lenin's Russia, he gained immortality for naively commenting: "I have seen the future - and it works."