Lincoln Steffens muckraking masterpiece The Shame of the Cities exposes political corruption across America's greatest cities at the turn of the twentieth century. His collected articles present a portrait of the political and social landscape of each city and the variable effects of currption on city life.

This webproject presents contemporary images treating corruption and social struggle in these cities as a retrospective portrait of each city, offering a complementary analytical companion to understanding the shame of America's great cities at the turn of the twentieth century.
Click below and select a turn-of-the-century city to begin exploring.