American Dynasties

Season 1 Episode 2

The Rockefeller Dynasty

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The Rockefeller Dynasty
When it comes to wealth, power and prestige few families in America can rival the Rockefellers. From industry and philanthropy to finance and politics the Rockefeller name has been a driving force in American history for over a century. But there is far more to the family than the net worth of its assets. Whether it's the wild double life of Bill Rockefeller, bigamist father of family patriarch John D. Rockefeller Sr., the mysterious death of his great-grandson Michael on an anthropological expedition to New Guinea, or the divorce that wrecked the presidential hopes of Michael's father Nelson, the rise of the Rockefellers is an American epic punctuated by scandal, tragedy, and blood in the case of the 24 miners and 11 women and children killed during a violent strike at Rockefeller-owned Colorado Fuel and Iron company. A multi-generational tale of unbridled ambition, overbearing hubris and jaw-dropping generosity, the story proves that, when it comes to the sheer sweep and scope of their history, few families are as rich as the Rockefellers.moreless

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