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 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.
PART II, CHAPTER VI – FOOTNOTES