Friday, June 22, 2012

Website Spotlight: John D. Rockefeller

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Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.


I ask the students to work through the following links:


Biography of John D. Rockefeller, Senior

Online Poll

Clash of Titans: Rockefeller vs. Tarbell

Biography of Ida Tarbell


Interview with economist Paul Krugman:

How does Rockefeller’s dominance compare to companies today?

Do mergers occur in the same way today as they did then?

Was Rockefeller’s monopoly necessary?

Do you see a comparison with how Rockefeller and Gates leveraged their power?

Who are the new robber barons?

Rockefeller was a case study in developing antitrust laws.

What is Rockefeller’s current status among experts?

What do people not realize about Rockefeller?


Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page: 

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