In 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.
PART III, CHAPTER II – FOOTNOTES