Ida Tarbell Quotes

They [Standard Oil] had never played fair, and that ruined their greatness for me … the open disregard of decent ethical business practices by capitalists.

It is not capitalism that is the problem but
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.