Essay on John D. Rockefeller

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John D. Rockefeller, born on July 8, 1839, has had a huge impact on the course of American history, his reputation spans from being a ruthless businessperson to a thoughtful philanthropist (Tarbell 41). He came from a family with not much and lived the American dream, rising to success through his own wit and cunning, riding on the backs of none. His legacy is huge, amassing the greatest private wealth of any American in history. Rockefeller’s influence on our country has been both a positive and a negative one, he donated huge sums of money to various public institutions and revolutionized the petroleum industry. Along with all the positives to the country, Rockefeller also had many negative affects as well, including, by gaining his …show more content…
Once Rockefeller started to really take off and began making a lot of money, more money was tithed to the church which in turn helped the public.
There were two specific colleges that Rockefeller donated vast sums of money to, the University of Chicago and Speiman College. The University of Chicago became a major college largely because of Rockefeller’s contributions that, by 1932 totaled at around 75,000,000 dollars (Poole 2000). Speiman College is a college for African-American women which had it’s name changed to what it is called currently after relatives of Rockefeller who were abolitionists (Spencer 2006). One of the most notable staff members who taught at Speiman was Howard Zinn who he himself went on to do great things for the country as well. These two Baptist colleges, along with many others, wouldn’t have become as large as they are today if it weren’t for the contributions by Rockefeller and now these colleges shape the minds of many young Americans every year.
Rockefeller not only used his philanthropies on his church, but also with general education and medicine. He dedicated a considerable amount of his money to the needs of the general public through donations to public institutions and charities. Due to his donations, both the fields of medicine and education have been revolutionized.
The General Education Board was quite possibly Rockefeller’s biggest achievement in

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