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The Resource Holy Joe : Joseph W. Folk and the Missouri idea, Steven L. Piott

Holy Joe : Joseph W. Folk and the Missouri idea, Steven L. Piott

Label
Holy Joe : Joseph W. Folk and the Missouri idea
Title
Holy Joe
Title remainder
Joseph W. Folk and the Missouri idea
Statement of responsibility
Steven L. Piott
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"One of Missouri's best-known leaders of the Progressive Era, Joseph W. Folk epitomized the moral reformer in politics. As a crusading district attorney in St. Louis, Folk won national acclaim for his investigations of wrongdoing in municipal government. With the help of muckraking journalist Lincoln Steffens, Folk revealed for the first time the extent of political corruption then plaguing America's cities and helped bring about a popular demand for the regeneration of municipal government nationwide. A firm believer that the law was a weapon with which to check political corruption and restrain powerful special interests, Folk popularized the "Missouri Idea," the doctrine that public office is a public trust, not merely an opportunity for private gain. Elected as governor of Missouri in 1904, Folk orchestrated a remarkable record of legislative accomplishment. He established himself as one of Missouri's outstanding governors and one of the nation's leading progressive reformers. In asserting that traditional moral values could be applied to politics, Folk became known among friends and enemies as Holy Joe. His refusal to make any distinction between public and private morality, however, alienated some Missourians, while his disregard for party organization angered politicians. His idealism cost him political advancement and ultimately a place in national politics. Whereas some studies of the Progressive Era have minimized the moral dimension of Progressivism and downplayed the importance of reformers like Joseph W. Folk, Holy Joe establishes him as a major leader of the Progressive movement. This biography will be a welcome addition to the literature on the subject."--Publishers website
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Piott, Steven L
Dewey number
  • 977.8/041/092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F466.F65
LC item number
P56 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
University of Missouri Press
Series statement
Missouri biography series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Folk, Joseph Wingate
  • Governors
  • Politicians
  • Missouri
  • Saint Louis (Mo.)
Label
Holy Joe : Joseph W. Folk and the Missouri idea, Steven L. Piott
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-202) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
36841610
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 208 pages
Isbn
9780826211309
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97018907
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Holy Joe : Joseph W. Folk and the Missouri idea, Steven L. Piott
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-202) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
36841610
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 208 pages
Isbn
9780826211309
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
97018907
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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