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The History of the Standard Oil Company

The History of the Standard Oil Company

Author: Ida Tarbell

Year Published: 1904

Description: In The History of the Standard Oil Company, journalist Ida Tarbell exposed the inner workings and corrupt practices of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, the U.S.’s first major industrial monopoly, which at the beginning of the 20th century controlled nearly all oil refineries in the country. First published as a 19-part series in McClure’s magazine, it is often cited as a classic example of muckraking (along with Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle) and played a significant role in the breakup of Standard Oil in 1911, when the Supreme Court declared it in violation of antitrust laws.

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The History of The Standard Oil Company


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