Ida Tarbell Quotes

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.

 
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.