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Ida Tarbell was an American teacher, author and journalist. She was one of the leading "muckrakers" of the progressive era. She wrote many notable magazine series and biographies and is best known for her 1904 book The History of the Standard Oil Company, which was listed as No. 5 by New York University of the top 100 works of 20th-century American journalism. She depicted John D. Rockefeller as crabbed, miserly, money-grabbing, and viciously effective at monopolizing the oil trade.

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Ida Tarbell: 1857-1944; Ida Tarbell was an American teacher, author and journalist. She wrote many notable magazine series and biographies. She is best known for her 1904 book The History of the Standard Oil Company, which was listed as No. 5 in a 1999 list by New York University of the top 100 works of 20th-century American journalism. She depicted John D. Rockefeller as crabbed, miserly, money-grabbing, and viciously effective at monopolizing the oil trade.

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Muckraking Journalist Ida Tarbell

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Ida Tarbell was an American journalist whose investigative reporting led to the breakup of the Standard Oil Company’s monopoly. Learn more at Biography.com.

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Investigated and brought to the public the ill business practices of Standard Oil, that had grown large through secrecy and manipulation.

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The saga of four generations of a legendary American family whose name is synonymous with great wealth rebroadcast in 2013 (which of course means it's streaming free on our website too!)

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