History of America’s One Percent – Episode #30

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 VII:  The Vanderbilt Fortune in Later Generations, continued.  The Labor Movement Collapses After 1887.  Labor Party Leaders Bribed With Offices In Democratic and Republican Administrations.  Labor Reduced to Begging Politicians For Scraps of Legislation.  War Resumes Between the Middle Class and the Great Magnates.  The Middle Class Passes Anti-Trust Laws in 23 States By 1890.  Each Trust Busted Reorganizes Deeper In the Technicalities of the Law.  The Great Magnates Install Their Agents On the Benches and as Attorneys General.  The Vanderbilt’s Acquire the “Big Four.”  Some Circumstances Behind the Panic of 1893.  Gathering In Anthracite Coal Mines In Pennsylvania.  Squeezing Out the Independent Operators.  Abuses of the Mine Workers.  The Company Store.  The Grand Prize: Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Owned One-Half of Coal Supply in Pennsylvania.  President of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, Arthur McLeod’s Wreckless Ambition.  Vanderbilt and Morgan Join Forces To Crush McLeod.  Splitting the Spoils of War.  Treatment of the Mine Workers Under the New Owners.  Gathering in the Bituminous Coal Mines Also.  Untold Profits From The Coal Mines.

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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.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #18

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.  Who Is Really Behind the Curtain In America?  Covert Manipulation of Government.  The Railroads Reign From 1845 to 1890.  The Terrible Conditions of the Masses.  Going On Strike a Crime.  First Labor Strike in America in 1803.  The Magnificent Slum Populations.  From Sunrise to Sunset: the Twelve, Fourteen, and Sixteen Hour Workday.  The Myth of the “Good Old Days” In America.  Agitation For the Ten Hour Workday in 1825.  Churches and Newspapers Assail The Labor Strikes. A Plea to Congress is a Plea to Their Exploiters. The Manufacturing of Money: An Enormous Injustice.  Militia Used To Break Strikes.  Breaking Up Labor Unions On Conspiracy Charges.  Labor Unions Become Powerful in the 1840’s.  Centralization of Labor Power Renders Them Vulnerable to Corruption.  Bribes to Labor Leaders.  Rigging Elections.  Abolition of Slavery Harmonious With Large Factory Owners in the North.  Transformation of the Government in the 1880’s.  Robber Barons Seize Direct Control of the Senate, Push Out Their Middlemen. U.S. Senate Known As the “Millionaires’ Club.”  Seventeenth Amendment Requires Popular Vote of Senators, Passed in 1913.  Some Corruption Rooted Out of the Senate.  President of Sugar Trust Testifies to Congress: We Finance Both Parties.  Republicans & Democrats Were Always Bought and Paid For.  Presidential Campaign Donations in 1920: $10,000,000.

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Triumphant Plutocracy – Episode #5

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An insiders view on how bankers, corporations, and lawyers took over the United States Government and became the “Rulers of America” during the Gilded Age.  Written with true authority by a man who had a front row seat for it all, R. F. Pettigrew was the first senator from the state of South Dakota, and he made no friends during his time in the US Congress. These are his memoirs.


In this episode – Continued reading of Triumphant Plutocracy by Richard Franklin Pettigrew,  including Chapter VI: The Trusts.  Pettigrew’s 12 Years In Congress Fighting Trusts.  The Theory of Competition Abandoned.  Trusts Grow Out of Demonetization of Silver.  Trusts Propelled Into Power by the Spanish-American War.  Standard Oil Sets the Path for Combination.  Examination of the “Sugar Trust.”  Sugar Trust Declared Illegal by New York.  It Reorganizes in New Jersey.  Senators Deny That Trusts Exist.  New Jersey: Haven For Trusts and Combinations.  President of the Sugar Trust Testifies In Congress That It Manipulates Prices.  $25,000,000 Extracted In Three Years.  Trust Busting A Farce.  Congress Protects Trusts.

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