This new companion Website to the PBS documentary The Rockefellers, to be aired on the third and fourth Mondays in October, features some fascinating additions to the information provided by the broadcast itself. In addition to a transcript of the broadcast and a timeline of the Rockefellers's history from 1839 to 1985, the Website posts primary documents giving insight into the business practices, politics, and personal temperament of John D. Rockefeller. Of particular note are an extended "conversation" between John D. Rockefeller and muckraking journalist Ida Tarbell that draws on comments made concerning such controversial events as the "Cleveland Massacre" -- Rockefeller's successful consolidation of about 75 oil refineries under his control in a one-time, massive buy-out, and muralist Diego Rivera's recollections on Rockefeller's decision to have his commissioned mural for the Rockefeller center summarily destroyed rather than have the head of Vladimir Lenin appear in it. There are also maps here, a teacher's guide, information about the Ludlow Massacre of miners under Rockefeller, and excerpts from Ida Tarbell's famous work of advocacy journalism, The History of the Standard Oil Company. Captain of Industry or Robber Baron, you decide.


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