History of America’s One Percent – Episode #15

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 X:  Further Vistas of the Field Fortune.  Marshall Field’s  Methods in Managing Corporations.  He Is the Shadowy Dictator of the Pullman Company.  Establishment of the Pullman Factory and Company Town in Chicago.  Workers Forced to Live On Factory Premises and Pay Rent.  The Company Charges Employees Two and Three Times the Cost of Utilities.  This Method Provides Free Water For Use in the Factory.  Employees Taxed $0.50 a Month For Having Shutters On Their Rental Homes.  Wages Slashed 25% During Panic of 1893.  No Decrease of Rent and Utilities.  Workers Monthly Wages Between $0.08 and $2.00 After Paying Company Rent and Utilities.  Workers Rack Up $70,000 Debt for Unpaid Rents.  Strike Declared in 1894 for Restoration of Wages.  Mainstream Media Viciously Attacks the Strikers.  The Company Hires Agent Provocateurs to Incite Violence.  They Burn Down Their Own Railroad Cars to Blame on the Strikers.  National Guard Called Out to Attack Strikers.  Strike Leaders Imprisoned Without Trial.  The President Sends In The Army as the Final Blow.  Congressional Commission Later Validates the Strikers Complaints.  Field Cheats on His Property Taxes.  The Trustees of His Estate Forced to Settle For $1,000,000 In Back Taxes.  Field’s Great Philanthropic Donations Boost His Real Estate Values.  His Millions Left to Two Boys.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #14

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.


NOTE: We have switched to the 1936 edition of the book.

In this episode – Continued reading of History of Great American Fortunes by Gustavus Myers.  Includes Part II, Chapter IX:  The Field Fortune In Extenso.  Land For Practically Nothing.  Land Values Steadily Increase.  Fortunes Made During Panic Years.  Field’s Vast Real Estate Holdings.  He Makes $500 – $700 An Hour.  How He Paid His Workers.  Low Wages and Prostitution.  Cutting Out the Middle Man.  His Factories Spread Across the Globe.  His Bond and Stock Holdings.  The Director of Trusts.

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PART II, CHAPTER IX – FOOTNOTES

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #13

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 VIII:  Other Land Fortunes Considered.  The Goelet Fortune.  Deep Family Links To Notorious Briber Frederick Phillips.  Large Grants of Land From Corrupt Romaine Administration.  Allowed To Pay For Land In Installments.  Links To United States Bank By Marriage.  Founders of The Chemical Bank.  Bribery Charges Swirl Around Chemical Bank Charter.  The Crimes Of One Generation Become The Glories Of Another.  Masters of The Art Of Miserliness.  The Rhinelander Fortune.  Great Land Holdings Acquired From Trinity Church.  Land Acquired From Corrupt City Officials. Land Acquired Through Marriage.  The Schermerhorn Fortune.  Their Land Also Acquired From Corrupt City Officials.  Their Interests In The Bank Of New York.  The Longworth Fortune In Cincinnati.  Longworth’s Vagaries.  The Longworths Go To Congress.  Marriage Into The Roosevelt Family.  The Field Fortune and Levi Leiter In Chicago.  Fields Early Dry Goods Business.  High Prices For Shoddy Materials During The Civil War.

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PART II, CHAPTER VIII – FOOTNOTES

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