Ida Tarbell

(Ida Minerva Tarbell)

Ida Tarbell
Ida Tarbell
  • Born: November 5, 1857
  • Died: January 6, 1944
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Journalist









Ida Minerva Tarbell was an American writer, investigative journalist, biographer and lecturer. She was one of the leading muckrakers of the progressive era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and pioneered investigative journalism. Born in Pennsylvania at the onset of the oil boom, Tarbell is best known for her 1904 book, The History of the Standard Oil Company. The book was published as a series of articles in McClure's Magazine from 1902 to 1904. Her "masterpiece of investigative journalism", as J. North Conway called it, would bring about the dissolution of the Standard Oil monopoly and helped usher in Hepburn Act of 1906, the Mann-Elkins Act, the creation of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Clayton Anti-trust Act.

Quotes About
Author Quote
John D. Rockefeller … that poisonous woman
Quote Topics Cited
Each person is a link, weak or strong, in an endless chain. Human Nature
Human experience long ago taught us that if we allow a man or group of men autocratic powers in government or church, that they use the powers to oppress and defraud the public.. Power
I recognized that … there was a science of society as well as botany. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Social Sciences
Now, it takes time to secure and to keep that which the public has decided it is not for the general good that you have. It takes time and caution to perfect anything which must be concealed. It takes time to crush men who are pursuing legitimate trade. But one of Mr. Rockefeller’s most impressive characteristics is patience. There never was a more patient man, or one who could dare more while he waited. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Our national life is on every side distinctly poorer, uglier, meaner, for the kind of influence he exercises. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The greatest issue before the people—the question of special privilege and unequal distribution of wealth. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Theodore Roosevelt ... had become uneasy at the effect on the public of the periodical press's increasing criticisms and investigations of business and political abuses Media, Journalism & The Press
There is no man more dangerous, in a position of power, than he who refuses to accept as a working truth the idea that all a man does should make for rightness and soundness, that even the fixing of a tariff rate must be moral. Truth ;Power ;Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
They [Standard Oil] had never played fair, and that ruined their greatness for me … the open disregard of decent ethical business practices by capitalists. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Capitalism
We, the people of the United States, and nobody else, must cure whatever is wrong with the industrial situation, typified by this narrative of the Standard Oil Company. Energy ;Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
A mind which really lays hold of a subject is not easily detached from it.
Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists - with it all things are possible. Future
The first and most imperative necessity in war is money, for money means everything else - men, guns, ammunition. Money, Coins & Minting ;War & Peace
The whole force of the respectable circles to which I belonged, that respectable circle which knew as I did not the value of security won, the slender chance of replacing it if lost or abandoned, was against me.