History of America’s One Percent – Episode #24

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 IV:  The Onrush of the Vanderbilt Fortune, continued.  No Criminal Charges for Vanderbilt.  Congress Pathetically Offers Up a Resolution Censuring Him and Others.  Vanderbilt Exerts Political Influence to Have His Name Removed From the Resolution.  Vanderbilt Expunged, His Agent Southard Takes the Fall.  New Unbelievable Lows of Fraud: Afflicted Horses “Doctored Up” and Sold to the Cavalry.  Vanderbilt Begins Buying Stock in the New York and Harlem Railroad.  New York and Harlem Franchise Obtained Through Bribery.  The Atrocious Safety Records of the Railroads.  Corporations Not Responsible for Loss of Life: Transportation Accidents as a Means to Drive Down Stock Prices. Vanderbilt Bribes the Common Council for a Perpetual Franchise.  George Law and Vanderbilt’s Bribery Battle for Control of the Broadway Line.  Law Bribes the State Legislature, Vanderbilt Bribes the Common Council.  The City Aldermen Hatch a Scheme to Fleece Vanderbilt.  They Give Vanderbilt a Franchise That Will Not Pass Legal Scrutiny.  The Aldermen Secretly Short the New York and Harlem Stock.  The Outcome of This Plot.  He Grasps Up a Second Railroad: The New York and Hudson Line.  He Attempts to Consolidate the Two Railroads Through Legislative Act.  Another Plot Against Vanderbilt.  His Acquisition of the New York Central Railroad.  The Public Suffers So Stock Prices Can Be Depressed.  Vanderbilt Outmatches Cunard, Astor, Steward and Others.

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

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #12

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 II, Chapter VII:  The Climax of the Astor Fortune.  William Astor Marries Into The Schermerhorn Clan.  Centralizing Wealth Through Marriage.  Law The Most Valuable Asset Of All.  Astor Manipulates Property Assessments.  The Fourth Generation Of Astors Emerges.  The Parsimonious Habits Of Their Fathers Abandoned.  They Build Opulent Mansions. William Waldorf Astor Gives Up His American Citizenship.  “Reform Movements” Tools Of The Rich.  Proximity Of Palaces To Poverty.

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PART II, CHAPTER VII – FOOTNOTES

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #11

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 II, Chapter VI:  The Propulsion of the Astor Fortune.  John Jacob Astor Leaves Behind $20 Million.  The Lifestyle of his heir, William B. Astor.  An Endless Chain of Corruption.  Astor’s Investments in the New York Central Railroad.  Toe To Toe With Commodore Vanderbilt.  Vanderbilt Proves Himself The Master Of Corruption.  Astor, Boss Tweed, and Tammany Hall.  Astor On Committee To Investigate His Cronies.  $60,000,000 Swindle – Viaduct Railroad.  Connections to Elihu Root.  Astor’s Enormous Rents From Tenement Houses.  The Deadly Conditions Of These Tenements.  Humanity Of No Consequence.  Tenement Houses Owned By Churches.  William B. Astor Leaves Behind $100,000,000.

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PART II, CHAPTER VI – FOOTNOTES

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #10

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 II, Chapter V:  The Momentum of the Astor Fortune.  Astor Profits Handsomely During Panic of 1837.  The Massive Influx Of Immigrants Into New York City.  Astor Evades Property Assessments.  Rich Families Remove To Other States To Avoid Taxes.  Swaying Public Opinion.  Funds To Churches, Newspapers, Colleges, Politicians, and Judges.  Property Qualifications For Suffrage Dissolve.  Voting By Workers A Threat To Wealthy.  Corrupting The Vote.  Repeaters, Dilution, and Purchasing of Votes.  Both Political Parties Dominated By Wealthy Interests.  Astor’s Towering Fortune Eclipses All Others.  The Death Of John Jacob Astor.

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PART II, CHAPTER V – FOOTNOTES

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #9

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 II, Chapter IV:  The Ramifications of the Astor Fortune.  Bankers – The Masters Of the Masters.  The Power of Banks To Manufacture Money.  The Constitution A Trifle For The Bankers.  Banknotes Ruled Not “Bills Of Credit”.  Bank of New York Injects Itself Into Politics.  Aaron Burr Secures Charter For Manhattan Company Under Suspicious Conditions.  The Manhattan Company: A Secret Bank.  Charter For Mercantile Bank Secured By Bribery. Bank of America Conceived In Flagrant Corruption.  Bribery and the Chemical Bank.  Bribery A Crime In Name Only.  Astor’s Banking Activities.  Corruption Blamed on Lobbyists.  Wildcat Currency.  Workingmen’s Party Protests.  Movement Betrayed By Its Leaders.  The Panic of 1837.

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VOLUME I, PART II, CHAPTER IV – FOOTNOTES

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #8

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 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.

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PART II, CHAPTER III – FOOTNOTES

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