Hello! I'm Ida Tarbell, and I'm going to take you on a trip back through the years. I was born on November 5, 1875 (biography.com Editors). My greatest accomplishment when I was young was probably that in 1880, I became one of the very first women to ever graduate from Allegheny College (womenofthehall.org).
I was a reporter for The Chautauquan for several years and even became the managing editor! But, I didn't stay there for too long. I decided to move to Paris in 1890 where I began my job as an investigative journalist for McClure's Magazine. (biography.com Editors)
I began writing for McClure's Magazine in 1894. This is where I began what is now known as "muckraking". Really, all this means is that I investigated John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Trust in order to figure out what really was going on. It was kind of like being a spy! (womenofthehall.org)
"The History of the Standard Oil Company"
Affects of Muckraking
My writing "The History of the Standard Oil Company" helped bring about the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (womenofthehall.org). This act basically said that "if something was going to inhibit or restrict trade, ... it wasn't okay " (personal notes on week 21's live class).
I was able to use my 'detective skills' to find out just how corrupt Rockefeller's company was! I published "The History of the Standard Oil Company" in 1904. This article exposed Rockefeller's "unfair business methods" (womenofthehall.org). The people were not happy with Rockefeller... and for good reason!
Thank you so much for joining me! I had fun telling you a little bit about myself
Ida Tarbell died January 6, 1944, in Bridgeport, Connecticut (Encyclopædia Britannica).