In this podcast series we dive into the long and shadowy history of America’s ruling elite through the works of authors who were either silenced, suppressed, or forgotten, to discover the origins of the 1% and from where their power and wealth was, and still is, extracted.
Each recording will be approx. 1 hour in length to allow for easy consumption of the material. The narrator will only interrupt the reading to provide insight, spell names, or provide definitions for archaic words.
In this episode – An introduction to Gustavus Myers and his book History of Great American Fortunes. Some info about the podcast series and how to get the most out of it. The Preface to the 1909 Edition of the book. Includes Part I, Chapter I: The Great Proprietary Estates. British and Dutch Corporations Colonize America. Importation of Slaves, Servants, Debtors and Wives. Dutch Patroons and Land Monopolies Dominate the Colonies. Poor Treatment of the Workers.
PART I, CHAPTER I – FOOTNOTES
 O’Callaghan’s ” History of New Netherlands,” I : 112-120.
 Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York, I : 89-100.
 O’Callaghan, I : 124. Although it was said that Kiliaen van Rensselaer visited America, it seems to be established that he never did. He governed his estate as an absentee landgrave, through agents. He was the most powerful of all the patroons.
 Ibid., 125.
 Colonial Documents, I :41. The Primary object of this company was a monopoly of the Indian Trade, not colonization. The “princely” manors were a combination fort and trading house, surrounded by moat and stockade.
 Colonial Documents, I : 86.
 “Annals of Albany,” iii : 287. The power of the patroons over their tenants, or serfs, was almost unlimited. No “man or woman, son or daughter, man servant or maid servant” could leave a patroon’s service during the time they had agreed to remain, except by his written consent, no matter what abuses or breaches of contract were committed by the patroon.
 “Burghers and Freemen of New York” : 29