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, read informative footnotes, or provide definitions for archaic words.
In this episode – Continued reading of History of Great American Fortunes by Gustavus Myers. Includes Part II, Chapter III: The Growth of the Astor Fortune. Astor’s Living Conditions. Astor Above the Law. Astor and the China Trade. His Ships Unmolested During the War of 1812. Fraud Permeating All Sectors of Business. Astor Purchases the Morris Estate. Public Uproar Over His Land-Grabbing. Sells Land to Government At Five Times Its Price. Land Grants From Corrupt Government Officials. The Plunder of the New York Treasury. The City Gives Away Land. Huge Favors From New York City to His Benefit. Astor Preys On Others Misfortune.
PART II, CHAPTER III – FOOTNOTES