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Authur Weinberg

Born: 1916
Died: 1989

Connection to Illinois: Weinberg lived in Chicago. He graduated from Northwestern University.

Biography: Arthur Weinberg was an author and historian. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1941, where he majored in journalism. While attending school he was part of the federal Illinois Writers` Project, that employed writers during the Depression. While working with the writers project he wrote on a variety of subjects, including black storefront churches in Chicago and labor legislation in Illinois. In 1957, he wrote the book ''Attorney for the Damned,'' a biography of Darrow. The book, a collection of Darrow`s greatest summations, was on the New York Times` best-seller list for 19 weeks. with his wife, Lila, Weinberg also co-wrote, six other nonfiction books: ''The Muckrakers,'' ''Instead of Violence,'' ''Verdicts Out of Court,'' ''Passport to Utopia,'' ''Some Dissenting Voices'' and ''Clarence Darrow: A Sentimental Rebel'' - which received honors from both the Friends of Literature and the Society of Midland Authors. At the time of his death, he was the Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History at the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Weinbergs were working on a book titled ''Bold Spirits: Women of Hull House,'' about the early women of Chicago`s Hull House, and also were consulting on two television projects about Darrow`s life. was the past president of the Society of Midland Authors and in 1987 he received the Midland Authors` annual award for a distinguished body of work.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Attorney for the Damned
ISBN: 067106181X OCLC:

Touchstone 1957

Transcripts from Darrow's most important lectures and addresses before juries reveal his intellectual achievements as well as his deep moral convictions.

Clarence Darrow, a Sentimental Rebel
ISBN: 0399119361 OCLC: 5942869

Putnam New York : 1980

  Some Dissenting Voices: The Story of Six American Dissenters
ISBN: B0006D083U OCLC:

World Pub. Co [Place of publication not identified] : 1970

The Muckrakers
ISBN: 0671496301 OCLC: 228222243

Simon & Schuster [Place of publication not identified] : 1961

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.