Ida Tarbell

women in the progressive era

Basic Infomation

Born: 5-Nov-1857
Birthplace: Hatch Hollow, PA
Died: 6-Jan-1944
Location of death: Bethel, CT
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Buried, Woodlawn Cemetery, Titusville, PA

-Ida Minerva Tarbell was an American teacher, author and journalist

- known as one of the leading "muckrakers" of the progressive era.

Ida Tarbell was an American journalist born on November 5, 1857, in Erie County, Pennsylvania. She was the only woman in her graduating class at Allegheny College in 1880. The McClure’s magazine journalist was an investigative reporting pioneer; Tarbell exposed unfair practices of the Standard Oil Company, leading to a U.S. Supreme Court decision to break its monopoly. She died January 6, 1944.


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 the top 100 works of 20th-century American journalism. She became the first person to take on Standard Oil. She began her work on The Standard after her editors at McClure's Magazine called for a story on one of the trusts.

she also wrote

- The Business of Being a Woman (1912)The Ways of Women (1915)
-The Nationalizing of Business, 1878-1898 (1936)
-All in the Day's Work (1939, memoir)

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