The Social Causes of John D. Rockefeller Jr.:
How Rockefeller changed the “Bleak World”
When people think of John D. Rockefeller Jr. they think Billionaire, Oil Tycoon or Entrepreneur. Not many view him as Naturalist, Environmentalist or a social benefactor, but just as Mr. Rockefeller has a long list of business accomplishments he also has a lengthy list of causes he started and supported throughout his life. The most famous of these would probably Rockefeller center which he called “a gift to the greatest city in the world, for the greatest people in the world.” (John D. Rockefeller interview with New York Times 1939) Rockefeller donated over 22 acres of prime downtown real estate for the 19 building complex. Construction began amidst the worst economic depression the U.S. had ever seen in one of the most ravished city in the U.S. Rockefeller center gave thousands of unemployed New Yorkers with a not only a job but a purpose to rebuild after the stock crashes of Wall Street. Not only did he fund Rockefeller Center but funded the restoration of famous historical monuments in the U.S. including Williamsburg and Gettysburg. He also donated land for the creation of the United Nations in New York. All of these causes are great and have done a lot of good for a lot of people. But I think he best causes are the ones that have to deal with the Landscape of this nation. John D. Child 2
Rockefeller Jr. had a soft spot for the natural beauty this nation posses. John Rockefeller claims that his love of nature came from his mother who had always been fascinated by the natural world. John threw an estimated $550,000,000 towards social charities mainly dealing with the preservation of the United States. John For example, through the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial, he donated $5 million to buy private lands in the Great Smoky Mountains "in the beautiful spirit of my mother." Acadia, Shenandoah, and Grand Teton national parks also received generous...
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