American Experience - Season 13, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Rockefellers (Episode 1)


Episode Info

A dramatic two-part profile of the Rockefellers, a family whose name is synonymous with wealth, begins. Part 1 traces how John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) struck oil (figuratively) in the 1860s and parlayed it into a corporate behemoth that the Supreme Court had to break up in 1911. It also examines how he and his son John D. Jr. (1874-1960) lived with that money---and the hatred it engendered. The family's strategy: philanthropy. David Ogden Stiers narrates.


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