American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Tarbell, Ida Minerva 1857-1944. American muckraking writer and editor remembered for her investigations of industry, including History of the Standard Oil Company (1904).
- n. United States writer remembered for her muckraking investigations into industries in the early 20th century (1857-1944)
“The famous progressive muckrakers Lincoln Steffens and Ida Tarbell visited Italy and wrote glowing accounts of the Blackshirt regime.”
“Jane Addams and Ida Tarbell, a Pennsylvanian, were both leading Progressive Era figures.”
“They continue to be mentioned in American history textbooks today for their pioneering work in aiding the urban poor (Addams) and exposing the monopolistic practices of big business (Tarbell).”
“In Al Gore, they saw a parallel to Jane Addams and Ida Tarbell, recognizing him for his decades long commitment to environmental activism.”
“Most notable among them were journalists like Lincoln Steffens, Ida Tarbell and Ray Stannard Baker, whose articles appeared in a new magazine, McClure's, at the turn of the last century.”
“The muckraking journalist Ida Tarbell was asked by a magazine editor in 1913 whether she would like to make a flight.”
“But when Tarbell finally did go aloft, in a seaplane named Babette, she was an instant convert.”
“More than a century ago, Tarbell set the standard for financial journalism, digging into the dirty deals and economic blackmail practiced by the nation's oil monopoly.”
“You know, in the pantheon of journalistic history, he will be remembered as the sort of missing link between the muckrakers of a century ago - Lincoln Steffens, Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair - and the post-Watergate generation: Woodward, Bernstein, Hersh and the rest.”
“Like Tarbell, I'm sure of the need for greater social responsibility on individual and corporate levels.”
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