• Description

During the spring and summer of 2010, I completed research at the Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) for my dissertation with the support of the Grant-in-Aid program. My dissertation, ?Rockefeller's New York, Rockefeller's Republicans: A Study of the Republican Party from Albany, NY to Washington, D.C., 1958-1976? examines the moderate to liberal Republican tradition in a period most often associated with the ?conservative turn? in the Republican Party. Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller was a controversial figure from his earliest years as governor of New York through his tenure as Vice President under Gerald Ford. This study seeks to put the voters of New York and the nation in conversation with a politician who tested the boundaries of his own party and diverse groups' conceptions of liberalism and the New Deal consensus. By focusing on the political choices of Rockefeller and the public's reception to various policies he forwarded, this project seeks to identify the fundamental commitments of moderate Republicanism in the wake of the social and economic upheaval of the 1960s and the subsequent realignment of American politics.