Today in Media History is taking a break for the holidays. During that time, we’re sharing some popular posts from Today in Media History’s archives. This post originally ran on Nov. 5.
The series, which later became a book, is considered one of the great investigative pieces of the 20th century.
“One of the crusading journalists labeled ‘muckrakers’ by President Teddy Roosevelt, Tarbell was the lone woman among such illustrious reporters as Upton Sinclair, Lincoln Steffens, Peter Finley Dunne and others.
….Tarbell wrote on a wide range of topics from Paris for American newspapers, and her ‘syndicate’ kept her afloat for three years of great adventures starting from her base in the Latin Quarter. But an encounter with Samuel C.