His most recent, "Taking on the Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell
and John D.
Louis, and elsewhere; Ida Tarbell
showed how the Standard Oil Trust abused its power; Jacob Riis portrayed the misery of the New York City slums, writing and taking photographs (many of them staged) to tell his story.
A year after the first assembly line rolled out at Ford's famous Highland Park plant, Ford committed the company to the Five Dollar Day--a signal national event at the time, and one that had even such muckraking lefties as Ida Tarbell
(the investigative reporter who had written the definitive takedown of John D.
We are told the Ida Tarbell
Papers are at Alleghany College, meaning Allegheny College.
In The Worm in the Apple, he seeks to emulate The History of Standard Oil, the legendary effort by Ida Tarbell
that helped to usher in the antitrust movement a century ago.
attacked the monopolistic practices of Standard Oil.
I'm talking about the agitators down through history, not just those who wrote the documents of democracy--the Constitution, the Bill of Rights--but those who democratized those documents: Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglas, the abolitionists and the suffragists, the populists and the Wobblies, Ida Tarbell
and Upton Sinclair, Mother Jones and Woody Guthrie, John L.
The 37-cent denomination stamps feature Ida Tarbell
, famous for the investigative series that led to the breakup of Standard Oil; Ethel Payne, whose reports in the Chicago Defender on the civil rights movement earned her the nickname of "the First Lady of the Black Press;" Nellie Bly, who posed as a patient at an insane asylum to expose the, mistreatment of the mentally ill; and Pulitzer Prizewinning reporter Marguerite Higgins, who covered World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
exposed the excesses of the oil and meatpacking industries.
Yet rather than lead to renewed legitimacy, these efforts only confirmed the negative image created by Ida Tarbell
As Prohibition grew more controversial and infractions increasingly flagrant, the topic became, as journalist Ida Tarbell
complained, "an endless discussion, an obsession," comparable to the subject of real estate in Manhattan today.
From an article in The Wall Street Journal on the environmental group Project Underground, which quoted Ida Tarbell
, the famous muckraking journalist, in a press release opposing the merger of Exxon and Mobil Oil companies: "The group .
In many ways Washington Babylon is within the muckraking tradition of Upton Sinclair (on the meatpacking industry), Ida Tarbell
(on Standard Oil), and Lincoln Steffens (on City Hall).
In 1902 Ida Tarbell
, the crusading journalist, exposed the ruthless market machinations of John D.
The magazine was especially noted for the articles it published in the early twentieth century by such leading muckrakers as Ida Tarbell
and Lincoln Steffens.