History of America’s One Percent – Episode #21

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 III:  The Beginnings of the Vanderbilt Fortune.  Vanderbilt’s Monumental Fortune of $105,000,000.  Most of His Wealth Amassed in His Last 15 Years.  Wealth as Power.  The Dynasty’s Holdings at the Turn of the 20th Century: $600M in Stocks & $700M in Bonds.  Their Interests in Banks, Railroad, and Corporations.  The American Industrialists as Monarchs.  Kings Had No Proof of Divine Right, But Industrial Monarchs Have Stocks and Bonds.  Armed Garrisons Not Required to Secure the Possessions in Their Vast Empires.  Government As the Armed Forces of Big Business. The Vanderbilt Patriarch: Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt.  His Humble Beginnings in the Sailing Trade.  He enter the Steamboat Business in 1829.  Cutting Rates to Bankrupt Competitors.  Public Applauds His Rate Cuts As Great Benefit.  Rates Hiked Once Monopoly Is Obtained.  His Methods in Driving Out Competitors: Bribing the New York Common Council.

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PART III, CHAPTER III – FOOTNOTES.

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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.

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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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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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