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11-10-2021, 08:04 AM
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RE: Tough Tarbell Trivia
Steve,

My references was to the former guy. The term "fake news" would have been unknown to journalism at the time of Tarbell, etc., although it might be under another name, such as yellow journalism.

As to the question regarding Tarbell, I will give one more clue before calling it. The article appeared in June, 1943 just a few months before Tarbell's death in January of 1944.

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Abraham Lincoln in the only man, dead or alive, with whom I could have spent five years without one hour of boredom.
--Ida M. Tarbell

I want the respect of intelligent men, but I will choose for myself the intelligent.
--Carl Sandburg
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11-10-2021, 08:37 AM
Post: #512
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A review of Edna Yost's American Women of Science?
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11-10-2021, 09:24 AM
Post: #513
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Roger nailed it. Tarbell agreed to review Yost's book even though she was without the services of a secretary and under doctor's orders not to strain herself. She had to write in long-hand, which was hard enough, but given her Parkinson's it took a monumental effort.

Some might question the ethics of Tarbell reviewing Yost's book given that they were very close friends. I will leave that to others to determine.

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Rob

Abraham Lincoln in the only man, dead or alive, with whom I could have spent five years without one hour of boredom.
--Ida M. Tarbell

I want the respect of intelligent men, but I will choose for myself the intelligent.
--Carl Sandburg
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11-10-2021, 04:24 PM
Post: #514
RE: Tough Tarbell Trivia
Some people, real friends, might be too honest when reviewing .

Anyway, this might also be relevant :

https://web.cs.dal.ca/~johnston/poetry/b...enemy.html

“The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,
Is king o' men for a' that” Robert Burns
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11-10-2021, 09:13 PM
Post: #515
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Mike,

In my historical methods class that I took back in the olden days, one of the truths that was hammered into our heads was that writing a review of a friend's book is a double-edged sword. If the book is bad and you say it's good, it's hard to prove that the friendship didn't play a role. On the flip side, if the book is good, and in the pursuit of fairness, you give it a harsh review, then that flouts the rules of good scholarship.

The problem as it relates to Lincoln scholarship, at least during Tarbell's time, is that most of them knew each other and most were rivals of one sort or another. Editors, especially in the popular outlets, being extremely short-sighted, chose then based on their reputations, not caring about their personal backgrounds. Much of the time they tried to stay fair, but in many cases it is easy to see where personal feelings weighed in.

I love the remainder poem!

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Abraham Lincoln in the only man, dead or alive, with whom I could have spent five years without one hour of boredom.
--Ida M. Tarbell

I want the respect of intelligent men, but I will choose for myself the intelligent.
--Carl Sandburg
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