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Ida Tarbell: Pioneer Investigative Reporter

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Ida Tarbell was born in the Oil Region of western Pennsylvania in 1857, where her father was one of many trying to make his fortune in the new and booming oil business. After a brief period of success, Ida watched as her father and their neighbors struggled against John D. Rockefeller, the leader of the Standard Oil Company, who wanted to consolidate the oil business. When she grew up and left Pennsylvania, Ida became a journalist and writer, publishing successful biographies of Napoleon and Abraham Lincoin. Her ...
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Overview

Ida Tarbell was born in the Oil Region of western Pennsylvania in 1857, where her father was one of many trying to make his fortune in the new and booming oil business. After a brief period of success, Ida watched as her father and their neighbors struggled against John D. Rockefeller, the leader of the Standard Oil Company, who wanted to consolidate the oil business. When she grew up and left Pennsylvania, Ida became a journalist and writer, publishing successful biographies of Napoleon and Abraham Lincoin. Her most famous work, however, was a popular attack on Rockefeller and Standard Oil that was instrumental in turning public opinion against the giant trust. One of the first investigative journalists, Ida was the most famous of the so-called "muckrakers." Young readers interested in the history of journalism will find Ida Tarbell: Pioneer Investigative Reporter to be both an enjoyable and informative book.

Follows the life of Ida Tarbell, from her childhood among the oil fields of western Pennsylvania through her career as a biographer and investigative journalist.

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Born in 1857, Ida Tarbell grew up in an oil rich region of Pennsylvania. From her childhood through her eighty-seven years of life Ida demonstrated an eye for social justice. Throughout much of her life she worked as a journalist. Her writings dealt with a host of subjects but generally fell into the category of social commentary. Along with other reporters of her time such as Lincoln Steffins and Ray Stannard Baker, Ida Tarbell came to be known as a Muckraker. Tarbell dedicated her work to uncovering the negative effects that big business exerted upon the lives of common people. Perhaps her best know study was that of John D. Rockefeller and his monumental corporation. In that series of investigative pieces, Tarbell uncovered the monopolistic tendencies of Rockefeller's business as well as the crushing effect it had on competitors. In a twist of fate, Ida Tarbell did not advocate for woman's suffrage or gender equality and also wrote a sympathetic series of articles about Mussolini. However, despite some inconsistencies in her work, Ida Tarbell remains one of the preeminent social critics of the 19th and early twentieth centuries. Her life and times are ably handled in this illustrated biography. Readers will come away from this book with a solid foundation of knowledge about a woman who dedicated her life to the pursuit of truth. Part of the "World Writers" series. 2002, Morgan Reynolds, Romaneck
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Gr 7-10-A well-researched biography of the investigative journalist and author. Starting with Tarbell's childhood in the oil fields of western Pennsylvania, Somervill presents a lively and interesting portrait of this ambitious, adventurous woman. Tarbell's journalistic career began at a small newspaper in Pennsylvania, but after she moved to Paris she wrote biographies that appeared in installments in McClure's magazine. Her most famous work, on John D. Rockefeller, stemmed from her early interest in the oil business and what she saw as Rockefeller's unfair business practices. This series prompted the formation of new legislation to control powerful corporations. Tarbell also covered subjects such as labor and women's roles in American society. She incurred the wrath of progressive women, however, as she herself did not espouse equal rights, even though she had forged a career in a male-dominated profession. Average-quality, black-and-white photos of the woman, her associates, and her subjects enhance the text. A fine selection for any biography collection.-Carol Fazioli, formerly at The Brearley School, New York City Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883846879
  • Publisher: M. Reynolds.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: World Writers Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Curious Mind 9
Chapter 2 Knowledge and Independence 18
Chapter 3 Paris on a Shoestring 28
Chapter 4 Biographer 38
Chapter 5 Rockefeller and Standard Oil 46
Chapter 6 Muckraker 62
Chapter 7 The Business of Being a Woman 77
Chapter 8 A World Gone Mad 82
Chapter 9 All in the Day's Work 91
Glossary 100
Timeline 102
Sources 103
Bibliography 106
Websites 108
Index 109
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