The Arkansas Rockefeller
Publication Year: 1979
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
Series: Southern Biography Series
Preface to the Second Edition
Arkansas in 1953 was a very different place than now, when Winthrop Rockefeller set down his suitcase at the Sam Peck Hotel . . .
I served as director of public relations for Winthrop Rockefeller from May, 1964, until 1971, directing the governor's . . .
He couldn't be figured, not even from the very beginning. He looked and acted like a visitor from another . . .
I: Selling the Two-Party System
Winthrop Rockefeller's coining to Arkansas in the first place wasn't especially dramatic, except perhaps in . . .
II: The First Election
Rockefeller "tried every way in the world" to get others to run for governor in 1964, until finally everyone . . .
III: The First Victory
Rockefeller—having garnered more than twice as many votes as any Republican had previously—was not embarrassed . . .
IV: An Agonizing Adjustment
He called it a "momentous day" in his life—his inauguration as governor; and he added that it was pos- . sibly a . . .
V: WR as Governor
Some legislators viewed the new Republican governor with great caution. Senator Lee Bearden of Leachville, second . . .
VI: Prison Reform
Rockefeller had scarcely moved from his election night headquarters to the governor's office before he was unceremoniously . . .
You cut my throat," Charles Bernard said bitterly. He was talking to the two who had directed Rockefeller's successful . . .
VIII: The Second Term
After the victory, Rockefeller began assessing the chances for passage of his tax package and some h other . . .
IX: Years of Reform
The true reformer, according to Tom Murton, must accept each challenge with the knowledge that ultimately he . . .
X: Harmonizing the Races
B3fore Rockefeller came to Arkansas, blacks were not only not encouraged to talk with white leaders as equals, they . . .
XI: The Third Term Bid
Toward the end of WR's second term it began to seem that he wanted his staff to insist on his running again. He was . . .
XII: A Final Act
Rockefeller agonized most of the day on December 31, 1970. He was making a very special trip, and he wanted to . . .
XIII: The End of an Era
As the defeat at the polls soaked into his consciousness, there was a letdown. But WR was always moving forward, and . . .