Ida M. Tarbell (1857-1944)
Oil War of 1872."
Chapter III of the History of
Standard Oil Company
McClure's Magazine, January, 1903
Volume 20 no. 3
General Collections (56.1)
At the turn of the century, a group of hard-hitting crusading journalists
examined what they considered the evils of the day, and, in periodicals
like McClure's Magazine, which featured articles such
as this recording of Standard Oil's predatory pricing tactics and
political corruption in Minneapolis. Theodore Roosevelt tagged such
writers "muckrakers" after John Bunyan's man with a muckrake, who
raked up "filth." These exposés led to social and economic
reforms during the Progressive Era.