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More than a muckraker : Ida Tarbell's lifetime in journalism

Author: Robert C Kochersberger
Publisher: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Twentieth-century investigative journalism finds its roots in the work of Ida M. Tarbell (1857-1944). Interested in the sciences, Tarbell brought the rigor of scientific inquiry and a penchant for accuracy to detailed investigations of larger topics, especially those involving governmental corruption and the excesses of big business. And, although Tarbell is best known for her muckraking journalistic battles with
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Ida M Tarbell; Ida M Tarbell; Ida M Tarbell; Ida M Tarbell
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert C Kochersberger
ISBN: 0870498290 9780870498299
OCLC Number: 29314013
Description: l, 242 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Everette E. Dennis --
I. Biography. "Madame de Stael" "The Queen of the Gironde" "Lincoln's Funeral" "Etiquette Regulating Josephine's Life . . ." "A Noble Life: The Story of Carola Woerishoffer" --
II. A Woman's Eye on Business. "The Rise of the Standard Oil Company" "A Tariff-Made City" "Fear of Efficiency" "A Fine Place to Work" "The Floyd Collinses of Our Mines" --
III. Home and Career for Women. "The Business of Being a Woman" "Women as Inventors" "Women in Journalism" "Inequality of Pay for Women in Industry" "The Talkative Woman" "Women as Bosses" --
IV. Tarbell Reacts to Her Times. "The Arts and Industries of Cincinnati" "Flying - A Dream Come True" "If Not Prohibition - What?" "Is Our Generosity Wearing Thin?" "Work" "The Economic Test" "On Old Age: Script for a Radio Address" "Man-Afraid-of-the-Cars" "My Religion" "Road Town: A Vision" --
Appendix: Chautauqua Institution: Rectitude and Education.
Responsibility: edited, with an introduction, by Robert C. Kochersberger.
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Twentieth-century investigative journalism finds its roots in the work of Ida M. Tarbell (1857-1944). Interested in the sciences, Tarbell brought the rigor of scientific inquiry and a penchant for accuracy to detailed investigations of larger topics, especially those involving governmental corruption and the excesses of big business. And, although Tarbell is best known for her muckraking journalistic battles with John D.

Rockefeller's Standard Oil and the fight for antitrust legislation, she was also a thorough biographer, a social commentator and speaker, and a women's rights advocate - of sorts - during a time when most women did not work (or write) outside the home.

Despite all of Tarbell's accomplishments, there has been little analysis, and no compilation, of her writings. Robert C. Kochersberger has painstakingly gathered the best of her scattered articles, book chapters, speeches, and previously unpublished pieces into a single volume so that her writings may be reexamined in the light of recent scholarship in the fields of journalism, women's and gender studies, sociology, and American history.

The resulting analysis reveals Tarbell to have been much more than just a muckraker, as Teddy Roosevelt once labeled her. In fact, Kochersberger's presentation of Tarbell's fifty-year writing career holds her as an exemplary journalist whose passion, conviction, and nonfiction reporting of business and social topics demonstrate how the best journalists should use and communicate facts and impressions to the reading public.

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