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General Information

Name:  Lila Weinberg  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1919

-- Lila Weinberg on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author was an historian who lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lila collaborated with her husband, Arthur, on six books on social history, including two on attorney Clarence Darrow. One of the books, "Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned," spent 19 weeks on The New York Times best-seller list in 1957. Arthur Weinberg died in 1989.A resident of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood for 45 years, Weinberg was a senior book manuscript editor and a journal manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press for 34 years, from where she retired at age 80.Weinberg was honored as a Newberry Library treasured author. She received the John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award from The Newberry Library Bughouse Square Debates Committee in 2001. The Weinbergs also were honored by the Society of Midland Authors with a special body of work award in May 1987.The Weinbergs are well known in Chicago as having conceived the idea in 1957 of the annual commemoration of Darrow’s death by throwing a wreath over the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge in Jackson Park, Chicago -- the site where Darrow’s ashes were strewn -- on the anniversary of his death. The ceremony continues today in conjunction with an accompanying symposium focused on an issue of concern to Darrow that is still relevant today

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Titles At Your Library

The Muckrakers
ISBN: 0252069862

University of Illinois Press. 2001

As the twentieth century opened, Americans were jolted out of their laissez-faire complacency by detailed exposures, in journalism and fiction, of the corruption underlying the country's greatest institutions. This rude awakening was the work of the muckrakers, as Theodore Roosevelt christened these press agents for reform.

From 1902, when it latched onto such mass circulation magazines as Collier's and McClure's, until it merged into the Progressive movement in 1912, muckraking relentlessly pricked the nation's social conscience by exposing the abuses of industry and politics. Ranging in tone from the scholarly to the sensational, muckraking articles attacked food adulteration, unscrupulous insurance practices, fraudulent claims for patent medicines, and links between government and vice. When muckrakers raised their voices against child labor, graft, monopoly, unsafe mill conditions, and the white slave trade of poor immigrant girls, they found a receptive audience. "I aimed at the public's heart," wrote Upton Sinclair about The Jungle, "and by accident I hit it in the stomach."

Gathering the most significant pieces published during the heyday of the muckraking movement, The Muckrakers brings vividly to life this unique era of exposure and self-examination. For each article, Arthur and Lila Weinberg provide concise commentary on the background of its subject and the specific and long-range repercussions of its publication. The volume features the work of both journalists and fiction writers, including Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, Upton Sinclair, Ray Stannard Baker, Samuel Hopkins Adams, Thomas W. Lawson, Charles Edward Russell, and Mark Sullivan.

Eloquent and uncompromising, the muckrakers shocked America from a state of lethargy into Progressive reform. This generous volume vividly captures the urgency of their quest.

Instead of Violence

Beacon Press. 1968


Quadrangle Books. 1968

Attorney For the Damned
ISBN: 067106181X

Touchstone. 1957

Book by Arthur lila weinberg

Verdicts Out of Court

Quadrangle. 1963