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  • Early Life
  • 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 ( 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 (
  • Editing
  • 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. ( Editors)
  • Muckraking
  • 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! (
  • "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 ( 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).
  • Death
  • 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" ( 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).
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