History of America’s One Percent – Episode #28

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 VI:  The Entailing of the Vanderbilt Fortune, continued.  Bankrupting the West Shore Railroad.  William Vanderbilt Intrudes on the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Territory.  He Builds the Competing South Pennsylvania Railroad Line.  Looting Before the Railway is Completed: $30 Million in Securities Fraud Through His Railroad Construction Company.  Vanderbilt’s Secret “Gentleman’s Agreement” with the Reading Railroad.  Pennsylvania Railroad Proves too Powerful.  J.P. Morgan Steps in to Dump the South Pennsylvania Line, Screwing the Reading Railroad.  His Accomplices: Morgan, Rockefeller, Mills, Elkins, and Whitney.  William Builds an Opulent Mansion.  Vanderbilt as a Great Patron of the Arts.  “THE PUBLIC BE DAMNED.”  He Gathers in $100 Million In Just Seven Years.  William Passes Away in 1885.  Massive Scope of His Tax Evasion Revealed.

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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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