History of America’s One Percent – Episode #31

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 VIII:  Further Aspects of the Vanderbilt Fortune.  The Commodores Methods Carried On By the Third Generation.  An American Era: Frauds Below $50 Million Barely Worth Mentioning.  The Vanderbilt’s Confiscate a 17 Acre Chunk of New York City.  Compliant Government Officials Pass Law to Gift The Area to the Vanderbilt’s For Their Private Use. They Sign An Agreement to Re-Open the Streets to the Public Whenever The City Requires. The Agreement Gets “Misplaced,” Disappears for Twenty Years. They Pay No Taxes on the Appropriated Land.  Other “Small” Frauds Considered: Public Fleeced $1.2 Million for New York Central Upgrades.  The Railroad Charges What it Pleases For Work and Materials, City Forced to Pay.  Vanderbilts Pose as “Reformers.”  Methods of Acquiring the Lake Shore, and Boston and Albany Railroads.  The Government An Engine for Tyranny.  Machine Guns for the Overworked.  Ten Millions for A Dukedom.  Vanderbilt Marriages to European Titled Nobility Prove a Drain On Their Huge Fortune.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #30

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 VII:  The Vanderbilt Fortune in Later Generations, continued.  The Labor Movement Collapses After 1887.  Labor Party Leaders Bribed With Offices In Democratic and Republican Administrations.  Labor Reduced to Begging Politicians For Scraps of Legislation.  War Resumes Between the Middle Class and the Great Magnates.  The Middle Class Passes Anti-Trust Laws in 23 States By 1890.  Each Trust Busted Reorganizes Deeper In the Technicalities of the Law.  The Great Magnates Install Their Agents On the Benches and as Attorneys General.  The Vanderbilt’s Acquire the “Big Four.”  Some Circumstances Behind the Panic of 1893.  Gathering In Anthracite Coal Mines In Pennsylvania.  Squeezing Out the Independent Operators.  Abuses of the Mine Workers.  The Company Store.  The Grand Prize: Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Owned One-Half of Coal Supply in Pennsylvania.  President of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad, Arthur McLeod’s Wreckless Ambition.  Vanderbilt and Morgan Join Forces To Crush McLeod.  Splitting the Spoils of War.  Treatment of the Mine Workers Under the New Owners.  Gathering in the Bituminous Coal Mines Also.  Untold Profits From The Coal Mines.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #29

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 VII:  The Vanderbilt Fortune in Later Generations.  The Heirs Build Huge Mansions.  A Dynasty Secured  in 30 Years.  The Great Labor Movement of 1886.  The Agitation for an 8-Hour Work Day.  Potential Political Ramifications of the Labor Movement Surface.  The Middle Class and the 1% Join Ranks to Strangle the Labor Movement.  The Strike at the McCormick Factory in Chicago.  Deployment of Pinkerton Detectives and Employment of “Scabs.”  Police and News Reporters Create a Crisis at the Factory.  Police Fire Into Crowds of Men, Women, and Children.  Radicals In Chicago.  The Haymarket Incident.  Police Attack Peaceful Protesters, Again.  Bombing of Police Allows Massive Crackdown.  Labor Leaders Rushed to Trial.  Four American’s Hung With No Evidence of Guilt.  Other Labor Leaders Pardoned 7 Years Later.  Political Action in New York City.  The True Nature of Political Parties. Theodore Roosevelt Makes a Cameo.  An Election Stolen Through Fraud: Repeat Voters and Tampering With Results.

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History of America’s One Percent – Episode #25

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 V:  The Vanderbilt Fortune Increases Manifold.  Vanderbilt’s Assault on the Erie Railroad.  Sordid History of Corruption Surrounding the Erie.  Vanderbilt Wrests Control of the Erie From Daniel Drew in 1866.  Drew Kept on the Board of Directors.  Drew Brings James Fisk, Jr. and Jay Gould on the Board.  The Veteran Vanderbilt Outmaneuvered by Gould.  Bags of Money Handed Out at the State Legislatures.  The Consolidation of the New York Central and Hudson River Companies.  Financial Fraud at the New York Central Used to Evade Laws Limiting Stock Dividends.  The Middle Class Fights Combination to Protect Their Own Interests.  The Irony of the Middle Class Lobbying Bought Lawmakers.  Examples of the Rampant Bribery of Government Officials.  Vanderbilt’s Massive Score in 1869: One Act Bribed Through Grants Right of Consolidation, Expansion of Franchises, and Millions in Watered Stock.  The Hepburn Committee Confirms: $44,000,000 Looted By Vanderbilt.  A Well Oiled Machine: Vanderbilt Scoops in the Canada Southern and Michigan Central Lines.  The Real Motives of the Middle Class.  Fraud Permeates the Entire American Economic System.  Buyer Beware: The Selling of Tainted Food and Medicine Becomes “Universal” in America.  Small Shopkeepers Guilty of Short-Weighing Goods.  Why the FDA and SEC Came Into Existence.  Sharp Discriminations in the Law Linger.

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