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Muckrakers — a term coined in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt — referred to American journalists, novelists and critics who, in the early 20th century, attempted to expose corruption in politics and the abuses of big business. One publication spearheading these exposés was McClures Magazine, and Ida Tarbell was the writer whose dramatic revelations eventually lead to ...more
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Published February 10th 2003 by Dover Publications
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"Miss Tarbarrel" exposes John D. Rockefeller for the ruthless brigand he was. Those two did not like each other! She raises many questions about the morality of unrestrained capitalism. A book that made a difference early in the twentieth century.
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I'll wedge a few hopefully cogent points in here but please read my full and lengthy commentary at my WordPress site: The History of Standard Oil.

Ms. Tarbell's “History” mostly covers the period from 1872-1880 when John D. Rockefeller was consolidating oil refining and numerous other aspects of the business.

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I enjoyed The History of the Standard Oil very much. Although I began reading it for my Junior Paper I like the book so much that I decided to finish it for my historical genre novel in PSAE. The book chronicles the rise of the Standard Oil from a tiny company in Ohio to the largest petroleum empire in the world at its time. Unfortunately many corrupt devices such as rebates from the railroads, kickbacks from other oil shipments, intimidation etc were key elements in the development of the compa ...more
Journalistic writing style has changed in 100 years. The writing style of Ida Tarbell's time made it tough to read, but the information was incredible.
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Ida Minerva Tarbell was an American teacher, author and journalist. She was known as one of the leading "muckrakers" of the progressive era, work known in modern times as "investigative journalism". 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 the New York Times of th ...more
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