today’s birthday: Ida Tarbell (1857)

Ida Tarbell (1857)

Tarbell’s investigative journalism earned her a reputation as a leading “muckraker“—one who investigates and exposes issues of corruption and misconduct. Her 19-part exposé for McClure’s Magazine, later published in a book titled The History of the Standard Oil Company, led to the breakup of the Standard Oil monopoly and is seen as a model for journalism today. Where did this book rank on a 1999 list of the top 100 works of American journalism in the 20th century? More… Discuss

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