Ida Tarbell

Problem, Plan, Progress! By: Jenna DeVito

The problem she had to face:

People were using unfair tactics to force small companies out of business. Little oil business broke off into little groups to scam people and make more money.

Plan she had to let people know what was going on:

Tarbell first conducted interviews with well known industrial entrepreneurs to gain a better understanding of the inner circle in the Standard Oil trust related to finances and business. She wrote a journal exposing the negative business practices of industrialist John D. Rockefeller and his massive Standard Oil organization.

The progress and what had to be done:

Public fury over Tarbell's published work is credited with the eventual breakup of the Standard Oil company. Got peoples attention and the book was spread around the world.