Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nixonland 3

On page 164 of Nixonland, Rick Perlstein states regarding Nelson Rockefeller’s brother Winthrop:

“Nelson’s brother Winthrop beat Justice Jim in Arkansas—-on a platform of school prayer, opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and excoriation of HEW education commissioner Harold Howe II.”

That made me wonder if Withrop Rockefeller, in contrast to his controversial brother Nelson, was a conservative Republican, a black sheep of the Rockefeller family, if you will.  In reading wikipedia’s article about him, it seems that he was like Nelson: a moderate liberal Republican.  But Withrop was politically active in Arkansas, so perhaps he had to put on a conservative front on some issues.  The wikipedia article states, for example, that he was instrumental in racially integrating Arkansas’ public schools as Governor, yet he did so quietly.

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