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.