History of America’s One Percent – Episode #19

hogaf-logo-wip2In 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 III, Chapter II:  A Necessary Contrast, continued.  The Middle Class Succeeds In Passing Anti-Trust Laws to Protect Their Businesses.  The Magnates Battle the Middle Class and The Unions.  The Army’s of Unemployed.  Trust Busting Totally Harmless.  The Use of Private Militia and Detectives To Suppress Demonstrations & Protests.  Sheriffs Deputize Agents In The Employ of Capitalists To Break Strikes.  More Than 120,500,000 Acres Given Away To Railroads By 1883.  Farmers Forced to Buy Land From Railroad Companies.  Mortgages On Farms, Equipment, and the Eventual Foreclosures.  Commodities Trading Manipulations.  Great Land Frauds In California. Land Fraud In Colorado.  Agricultural & Timber Lands Surveyed As “Desert” Land.  The Complete Domination of Land Offices in Every State.

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PART III, CHAPTER II – FOOTNOTES, cont’d.

[8] “Mergers In Industry, A Study of Certain Economic Aspects of Industrial Consolidation” : 170-172.

[9] Final Report, U. S. Commission on Industrial Relations, 1916 : 96-99. The methods above described became still more cruel in strikes in subsequent years when tear gas bombs were added to the other war implements in efforts to subdue workers. Finally, to check the unrestricted employment of strike-breakers, the United States Senate, in 1935, and the House of Representatives in 1936, passed an identical measure called the Strike Breaker Bill which became law. By the provisions of this, the transporting in interstate commerce of persons to be used to obstruct or interfere with the right of peaceful picketing during labor controversies was made a felony. The report of the House Committee on the subject, submitted by Representative Miller, declared that “racketeers” who furnished strike-breakers supplied types of men whose chief aim was to cause strife and bloodshed. “There are in the United States,” the report stated, “individuals and organizations whose regular business is furnishing for large fees strong-arm men and thugs in almost any numbers.
. . . These mercenaries are transported from State to State by their employers, who supply captains and lieutenants, feed and finance their men and furnish them weapons of clubs, brass knuckles and firearms. Their entry on the scene of any labor dispute usually means bloodshed, and frequently results in death or injury to innocent people.” Only a few days before the bill was passed by the House fourteen men were wounded in a riot (on June 18, 1936) precipitated by strike breakers who, without the least provocation, used buckshot and tear gas bombs against strike pickets at a plant at Kent, Ohio. Strikers and sympathizers hurriedly obtained rifles and pistols and retaliated.

[10] “The Public Domain,” House Ex. Doc. No. 47, Third Session, Forty-sixth Congress : 273.

[11] “The West Coast Land Grabbers.” Everybody’s Magazine, May, 1905.

[12] Report of the Swamp Land Investigating Committee, Appendix to California Journals of Senate and Assembly, Twentieth Session, 1874, Vol. iv. Doc. No. 5 : 3.

[13] Report of the Swamp Land Investigating Committee, etc., 5.

[14] House Documents, First Session, Forty-ninth Congress, 1885-86, Vol. ii.

[15] Ibid., 166.

[16] Ibid., 165.

[17] House Documents, etc., 1885-86, ii : 165.

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3 thoughts on “History of America’s One Percent – Episode #19

  1. My Dear Brother. This is long overdue. Thank you, THANK YOU, for turning me on to Gustavus Meyers and The History of Great American Fortunes. I heard about your work from someone on the Tragedy and Hope chat http://www.tragedyandhope.com/. I find your commentary on Meyers’ work to be insightful and valuable. The History of Great American Fortunes fills many gaps in my understand of history as gleaned from the likes of Jan Irvin, Richard Grove, James Corbett, Mark Passio, Marc Stevens and others. More than filling gaps, it presents a comprehensive and thoroughly comprehensible perspective on The Truth i.e., That Which Is, which has actually occurred.

    Thank You Sir for all of the effort you have made to produce your excellent readings of Meyers’ work.

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    • Thanks for the nice comments. Glad you are enjoying the series. Myers’ was written off at the time as a mean spirited, America-hating, socialist, but that’s because they couldn’t argue the facts he so deftly laid out. I don’t always agree with his ideological views, but he did yeoman’s work digging up the dirt on American history. I will have to check out Tragedy & Hope when I find some free time.

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