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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:53818
Doc. No:TL23772
Call number:‭1459011‬
Main Entry:James A. Pierce
Title & Author:From McMath to Rockefeller: Arkansas governors and illegal gambling in postwar Hot Springs, 1945–1970James A. Pierce
College:University of Arkansas
Date:2008
Degree:M.A.
student score:2008
Page No:98
Abstract:Following World War II, a series of governors looked on as Hot Springs' illegal gambling industry went through a series of highs and lows before coming to an end in the late 1960s. Reaching its climax as the next Las Vegas, the town had a long history of being groomed and protected by friends in high places. Although promises were made and raids were carried out to supposedly clean up Hot Springs, every man who occupied the state's highest office, with the exception of one, found it impossible to completely break away from the constraints placed upon him by the powerful machine protecting the city's most vital commodity. With many of their politicians addicted to the money and power radiating from the neon lights of the casinos, those opposing illegal gambling in Arkansas could not expect much help from native-born, cash-strapped office holders. Instead, their savior came in the form of a rich outsider from New York City named Winthrop Rockefeller who had no obligation to the illegal industry and no reason to be supportive of it. Unlike his predecessors who had to cozy up to Garland County's gambling interests for their survival, financially independent Rockefeller had more to gain by leading the moral crusade against the modern system of organized illegal gambling that had existed in one form or another since the late 1920s, than he did by keeping it alive.
Subject:Social sciences; Arkansas; American history; Public administration; 0337:American history; 0617:Public administration
Added Entry:University of Arkansas