On this episode of Empire State Engagements, a conversation with Dr. Marsha E. Barrett of the University of Illinois about her new article “‘Millionaires are more Democratic Now’: Nelson Rockefeller and the Politics of Wealth in New York,” which appears in vol. 102.1 of New York History (Summer, 2021).
Barrett discussed Rockefeller’s use of wealth to court advisers as well as supporters and to pursue both political and policy objectives; New York voters’ views of wealth in politics; the early 1970s as a time of changing attitudes about disclosure and campaign finance; Rockefeller’s executive style and broader ambitions; his relationship with Jackie Robinson and his paradoxical legacies on civil rights; Empire State Plaza as an architectural metaphor for Rockefeller’s gubernatorial temperament; and the meaning of “Rockefeller Republican.”
You can view the episode here.
Empire State Engagements is a long-form interview program created and hosted by Dr. Robert Chiles. It features conversations with historians of all aspects of New York State. Visit www.empirestateengagements.com for a full list of episodes.
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