The Rockefeller Women: Dynasty of Piety, Privacy, and Service

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iUniverse, Jun 19, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 420 pages
Based on neverbefore used letters, diaries, and photographs from the Rockefeller Archive, The Rockefeller Women reveals the life of four generations of an extraordinary family: Eliza Davison Rockefeller, the Mother of John D., who instilled in her sons drive for success in business and Christian service; Laura Spelman Rockefeller, the wife of John D., the daughter of an Underground Railway operator and early supporter of racial freedom; Edith Rockefeller McCormick, the daughter of John D. and Laura, who became the queen of Chicago society, studied under Carl Jung and became a lay analyst; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, the wife of John Jr. and mother of six children Winthrop, Laurence, Nelson, John III, David and Babs who helped found the Museum of Modern Art; Margaretta "Happy" Rockefeller whom married Nelson.

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In this biographical stew, keeping the Abbys, Elsies, and Isabels straight demands a detailed menu and a hearty appetite for information about this American dynasty. Whatever their other faults and ... Read full review

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Of all the hugely wealthy families that grew out of laissez-faire capitalism, the Rockefellers most embodied that odd combination of focused accumulation and abundant charity. Over the generations ... Read full review

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Clarice Stasz is Professor Emerita of History, Sonoma State University. My books at iUniverse focus on multi-generations of women related to noted men in American history. These are the "women behind the throne," many of whom in fact were able to create their own separate identities. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney became a sculptor and founded the Whitney Museum with its focus on American Art. Edith Rockefeller McCormick became a leading philanthropist in Chicago, notably for its zoo, opera, and medical institutions. Charmian Kittredge London was a travel writer apart from her marriage to Jack London. I find these stories are an entertaining way to learn more about women's history, family dynamics, and the rise of various significant American institutions. Why are the Rockefellers more philanthropic than the Vanderbilts? Are all wives of famous men stuck and suffering (e.g. Zelda Fitzgerald?) How does fame affect private lives? How do immense riches constrain as well as advantage? These histories are a different take on the "rich and famous." Learn more about me at

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