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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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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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #7

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 II:  The Inception of the Astor Fortune.  Astor’s Early Career.  Incorporation of the American Fur Company.  Expedition to Astoria, Oregon.  Accusations of Treason During the War of 1812.  Astor Brazenly Violates the Law.  His Armed Agents in the West.  Swindling the Indians with Whiskey.  Numerous Pleas for Justice Sent to the Secretary of War.  The Indians Paid With Overpriced Merchandise.  The Traders Rig the Scales.  Indians Revolt Against These Injustices.  Indians Murdered by US Military.  Astor’s $500,000 Annual Revenue From Fur Trade.  His Agent’s Meager Earnings.  $35,000 to Lewis Cass, Secretary of War.

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PART II, CHAPTER II – FOOTNOTES

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