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American Experience; John D. Rockefeller

BROADCAST MASTER - HD BASE John D. Rockefeller, NOLA Code: JDRO 000000 Cut down of 1301 for Season 25 rebroadcast Approximate date: 2012-2013

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American Experience
John D. Rockefeller
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2506; 1301-2

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

Note: this is an edited version of program 1301: The Rockefellers, see that title for additional assets.

For decades, the Rockefeller name was despised in America — associated with John D. Rockefeller Sr.’s feared monopoly, Standard Oil. The world’s first billionaire, Rockefeller held 90 percent of the world’s oil refineries, 90 percent of the marketing of oil and a third of all the oil wells. Working methodically and secretly, he transformed an industry — and changed forever the way America did business. Though Rockefeller’s only son dedicated his life to redeeming the family reputation, and Rockefeller had given away half his fortune by the end of his life, his philanthropy couldn’t erase the memory of his predatory business practices.



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