Judge Benjamin Barr Lindsey’s
exposé of big business’s
influence on Colorado and Denver politics, a best seller when it
was originally published in 1911, is now back in print. The
Beast reveals the plight of working-class Denver
citizens—in particular those Denver youths who
ended up in Lindsey’s court day after day.
These encounters led him to create the juvenile court, one of the
first courts in the country set up to deal specifically with young
delinquents. In addition, Lindsey exposes the darker side of many
well-known figures in Colorado history, including Mayor Robert W.
Speer, Governor Henry Augustus Buchtel, Will Evans, and many
others. When first published, The Beast was considered
every bit the equal Upton Sinclair’s The
Jungle and sold over 500,000 copies. More than just a
fascinating slice of Denver history, this
court— offered widespread social change in the
Subjects: History, Political Science
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