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"Miss Tarbell has the Distinction," editorial cartoon, circa 1904.
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Credit: Courtesy the Drake Well Museum, PHMC Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums

The American press delighted at how Ida Tarbell, a single woman without money or influence, could bring the powerful John D. Rockefeller and his Standard Oil Company to their knees. In this editorial cartoon, Tarbell's words are starting a fire to burn down the tree of "Standard Oil Traditional Policy of Silence," as Rockefeller attempts to drive her away by throwing down acorns.

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