History of America’s One Percent – Episode #20

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 Numerous Reports of Fraud From the Land Office Commissioner, Sparks.  Foreign Corporations Gobble Up Red-Wood Land In California.  Surveying Fraud, Land Pre-Emption, and Homesteader Cutouts.  Incorruptible Public Officials Removed From Office.  Huge Land Frauds From Mexican Patents. 8.5 Million Acres of Fraudulent Mexican Land Grants in New Mexico Alone.  Stephen B. Elkins Makes an Appearance.  Investigation By U.S. Surveyor General Uncovers Blatant Forgery.  “Foreigners of Large Means” Gobble Up Texas Land.  Two British Syndicates Hold 7.5 Million Acres of Texas Land.  Land-Grabbing an Election Issue in 1880.  Almost All Farming Land In Private Ownership According to Gov’t Report in 1930.  Railroad Corporations the Single Largest Holders of Land in 1928.  The Serf Nation: 50% of American Farms Operated By Tenants in 1916.  American Feudalism Is Back Baby!

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

[18] House Documents, etc., 1885-86, ii: 167.

[19] House Ex. Docs., etc., 1885-86, ii: 167.

[20] Ibid.

[21] Ibid., 168.

[22] Ibid.

[23] The methods of capitalists in causing the removal of officials who obstructed or exposed their crimes and violent seizure of property were continuous and long enduring. It was a very old practice. When Astor was debauching and swindling Indian tribes, he succeeded, it seems, by exerting his power at Washington, in causing Government agents standing in his way to be dismissed from office. The following is an extract from a communication, in 1821, of the U. S. Indian agent at Green Bay, Wisconsin, to the U.S. Superintendent of Indian Trade:
“The Indians are frequently kept in a state of intoxication, giving their furs, etc., at a great sacrifice for whiskey. . . . The agents of Mr. Astor hold out the idea that they will, ere long be able to break down the factories [Government agencies] ; and they menace the Indian agents and others who may interfere with them, with dismission from office through Mr. Astor. They say that a representation from Messrs. Crooks and Stewart (Mr. Astor’s agents) led to the dismission of the Indian agent at Mackinac, and they also say that the Indian agent here is to be dismissed. . . .” — U. S. Senate Documents, First Session, Seventeenth Congress, 1821-22, Vol. i, Doc. No. 60: 52-53.

[24] “Land Titles in New Mexico and Colorado,” House Reports, First Session, Fifty-second Congress, 1891-92, Vol. iv, Report No.
1253. Also, House Reports, First Session, Fifty-second Congress, 1891-92, Vol. vii, Report No. 1824. Also, House Reports, First Session, Forty-ninth Congress, 1885-86, ii: 17o.

[25] See “The Elkins Fortune.”

[26] House Reports, First Session, Forty-ninth Congress, 1885-86, ii: 171.

[27] Ibid., 172.

[28] House Reports, etc., 1885-86, ii: 173.

[29] Ibid., 173.

[30] Ibid.

[31] See Resolution of House Committee on Private Land Claims, June, 1892, demanding a thorough investigation. The House took no action. — Report No. 1824, 1892.

[32] “The Public Domain,” etc., 1124. Also see note 29.

[33] Senate Executive Documents, First Session, Fiftieth Congress, 1887-88, Vol. i, Private Land Claim No. 103, Ex. Doc. No. 20: 3. Documents Nos. 3 to 11, 13 to 23, 25 to 29 and 38 in the same volume deal with similar claims.

[34] House Ex. Docs., 1885-86, ii: 156.

[35] House Report, 1892, No. 1253: 8.

[36] House Reports, Second Session, Forty-eighth Congress, 1884-85, Vol. xxix, Ex. Doc. No. 267: 43.

[37] House Reports, etc., 1884-85, Doc. No. 267: 46.

[38] “State-Land Settlement Problems and Policies in the United States,” U. S. Department of Agriculture, Technical Bulletin No. 357, May, 1933.

[39] Tenth Census, Statistics of Agriculture: 28.

[40] “Labor, Land and Law”: 353.

[41] Final Report, U. S. Commission on Industrial Relations, 1916, 1: 24-25.

[42] U.S. Census of Agriculture, 1925, Part I: 3.

[43] U.S. Department of Agriculture Year Book, 1935: 67.

[44] U.S. Census of Agriculture, 1925, Part I: 16.

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