Great Fortunes from Railroads
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Great Fortunes from Railroads
By Gustavus Myers
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  • HISTORY OF THE GREAT AMERICAN FORTUNES
  • VOL. II
  • I. THE SEIZURE OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
  • PART III
  • CHAPTER I
    • THE LAGGING FACTORY FORTUNES.
      • MIGHT OF THE RAILROAD OWNERS.
      • THE LEGALIZING OF CUNNING
      • THE LAND LAWS AGAINST THE POOR
      • VAST TRACTS SECURED BY BRIBERY.
      • GREAT EXTENT OF THE LAND FRAUDS.
      • THE SWAYING OF GOVERNMENT.
      • GRANTS TO CANAL CORPORATIONS.
      • THE GRANTS FRAUDULENTLY MANIPULATED
      • CASH THE GREAT PERSUADER
      • A WELTER OF CORRUPTION.
      • IMPOTENCE OF THE PEOPLE.
      • VAST THEFTS OF LAND.
      • SPOLIATION ON A GREAT SCALE.
      • THE "CASH SALES" ACT.
      • COAL LANDS EXPROPRIATED
      • AN ARRAY OF COMMANDING FACTS.
    • MIGHT OF THE RAILROAD OWNERS.
    • THE LEGALIZING OF CUNNING
    • THE LAND LAWS AGAINST THE POOR
    • VAST TRACTS SECURED BY BRIBERY.
    • GREAT EXTENT OF THE LAND FRAUDS.
    • THE SWAYING OF GOVERNMENT.
    • GRANTS TO CANAL CORPORATIONS.
    • THE GRANTS FRAUDULENTLY MANIPULATED
    • CASH THE GREAT PERSUADER
    • A WELTER OF CORRUPTION.
    • IMPOTENCE OF THE PEOPLE.
    • VAST THEFTS OF LAND.
    • SPOLIATION ON A GREAT SCALE.
    • THE "CASH SALES" ACT.
    • COAL LANDS EXPROPRIATED
    • AN ARRAY OF COMMANDING FACTS.
  • CHAPTER II
    • GOVERNMENT BY PROPERTY INTERESTS.
      • CONDITIONS OF THE NON-PROPERTIED.
      • THE SUPREMACY OF EMPLOYERS.
      • AN INCESSANT WARFARE.
      • THE WORKERS' STRUGGLE FOR BETTER CONDITIONS.
      • EMPLOYMENT OF MILITIA AGAINST THE WORKERS.
      • CAJOLING THE LABOR VOTE.
      • THE BASIS OF POLITICAL PARTIES.
      • WEALTH AND THE SWAY OF DIRECT POWER
      • THE PASSING OF THE MIDDLE CLASS.
      • THE TRUSTS AND THE UNEMPLOYED.
      • THE STATE OF THE FARMING POPULATION.
      • METHODS OF THE GREAT LANDOWNERS.
      • SEIZURE OF IMMENSE AREAS BY FRAUD.
      • ACTUAL SETTLERS EXCLUDED FROM PUBLIC DOMAIN.
      • THE GIGANTIC PRIVATE LAND CLAIM FRAUDS.
      • FORGERY, PERJURY AND FRAUDULENT SURVEY.
      • INCREASE OF FARM TENANTRY.
      • A LARGELY DISPOSSESSED NATION.
    • CONDITIONS OF THE NON-PROPERTIED.
    • THE SUPREMACY OF EMPLOYERS.
    • AN INCESSANT WARFARE.
    • THE WORKERS' STRUGGLE FOR BETTER CONDITIONS.
    • EMPLOYMENT OF MILITIA AGAINST THE WORKERS.
    • CAJOLING THE LABOR VOTE.
    • THE BASIS OF POLITICAL PARTIES.
    • WEALTH AND THE SWAY OF DIRECT POWER
    • THE PASSING OF THE MIDDLE CLASS.
    • THE TRUSTS AND THE UNEMPLOYED.
    • THE STATE OF THE FARMING POPULATION.
    • METHODS OF THE GREAT LANDOWNERS.
    • SEIZURE OF IMMENSE AREAS BY FRAUD.
    • ACTUAL SETTLERS EXCLUDED FROM PUBLIC DOMAIN.
    • THE GIGANTIC PRIVATE LAND CLAIM FRAUDS.
    • FORGERY, PERJURY AND FRAUDULENT SURVEY.
    • INCREASE OF FARM TENANTRY.
    • A LARGELY DISPOSSESSED NATION.
  • CHAPTER III
    • NINETY MILLIONS IN FIFTEEN YEARS.
      • A FORTUNE OF $700,000,000
      • BONDS THAT HOLD PRESENT AND POSTERITY.
      • THEY DECREE TAXES AT WILL.
      • AND EXERCISE UNRESTRAINED POWER.
      • HIGH AND MIGHTY POTENTATES.
      • THE FOUNDER'S START.
      • DRIVING OUT COMPETITORS.
      • REGARDED AS A COMMERCIAL BUCCANEER.
      • EXTORTION AND THEFT COMMON.
      • THE CORRUPTION OF OFFICIALS.
      • VANDERBILT'S HUGE LOOT.
      • BLACKMAIL CHARGES TRUE.
      • HE QUITS STEAMSHIPS.
    • A FORTUNE OF $700,000,000
    • BONDS THAT HOLD PRESENT AND POSTERITY.
    • THEY DECREE TAXES AT WILL.
    • AND EXERCISE UNRESTRAINED POWER.
    • HIGH AND MIGHTY POTENTATES.
    • THE FOUNDER'S START.
    • DRIVING OUT COMPETITORS.
    • REGARDED AS A COMMERCIAL BUCCANEER.
    • EXTORTION AND THEFT COMMON.
    • THE CORRUPTION OF OFFICIALS.
    • VANDERBILT'S HUGE LOOT.
    • BLACKMAIL CHARGES TRUE.
    • HE QUITS STEAMSHIPS.
  • CHAPTER IV
    • THE ANSWER FOUND.
      • INDISCRIMINATE PLUNDERING DURING THE CIVIL WAR.
      • PATRIOTISM AT A SAFE DISTANCE.
      • VANDERBILT'S METHODS IN WAR.
      • HORRORS DONE FOR PROFIT.
      • FRAUDS REMAIN UNPUNISHED.
      • THE STORY OF A FRANCHISE.
      • VANDERBILT GETS A RAILROAD.
      • THE ALDERMEN OUTWITTED BY VANDERBILT.
      • HE ANNEXES A SECOND RAILROAD.
      • CUNNING AGAINST CUNNING.
      • ACQUISITION BY WRECKING.
    • INDISCRIMINATE PLUNDERING DURING THE CIVIL WAR.
    • PATRIOTISM AT A SAFE DISTANCE.
    • VANDERBILT'S METHODS IN WAR.
    • HORRORS DONE FOR PROFIT.
    • FRAUDS REMAIN UNPUNISHED.
    • THE STORY OF A FRANCHISE.
    • VANDERBILT GETS A RAILROAD.
    • THE ALDERMEN OUTWITTED BY VANDERBILT.
    • HE ANNEXES A SECOND RAILROAD.
    • CUNNING AGAINST CUNNING.
    • ACQUISITION BY WRECKING.
  • CHAPTER V
    • GOULD OVERREACHES VANDERBILT
      • A NEW CONSOLIDATION PLANNED
      • ALARM OF THE TRADING CLASS
      • A LEGALIZED THEFT OF $44,000,000
      • VANDERBILT AND HIS CRITICS.
      • THE WISDOM OF GRAND LARCENY.
      • HE CONTINUES THE BUYING OF LAWS
      • PUBLIC FUNDS FOR PRIVATE USE
      • "REFORM" AS IT WORKS OUT.
      • VANDERBILT'S CHIEF OF STAFF
      • REPRESSION BY STARVATION.
      • THE SERMONIZING OF THE "BEST CLASSES."
      • "HONESTY AND INDUSTRY" ANALYZED.
      • LABOR'S PRINCIPLES IGNORED.
    • A NEW CONSOLIDATION PLANNED
    • ALARM OF THE TRADING CLASS
    • A LEGALIZED THEFT OF $44,000,000
    • VANDERBILT AND HIS CRITICS.
    • THE WISDOM OF GRAND LARCENY.
    • HE CONTINUES THE BUYING OF LAWS
    • PUBLIC FUNDS FOR PRIVATE USE
    • "REFORM" AS IT WORKS OUT.
    • VANDERBILT'S CHIEF OF STAFF
    • REPRESSION BY STARVATION.
    • THE SERMONIZING OF THE "BEST CLASSES."
    • "HONESTY AND INDUSTRY" ANALYZED.
    • LABOR'S PRINCIPLES IGNORED.
  • CHAPTER VI
    • VANDERBILT'S CHARACTERISTICS.
      • THE OLD MAGNATE'S DEATH.
      • THE RISE OF THE FIRST TRUST.
      • CORPORATE WEALTH AND LABOR UNIONS.
      • THE GREAT STRIKE OF 1877.
      • FRAUD BECOMES RESPECTABLE WEALTH
      • MORE RAILROADS ACQUIRED.
      • THE SEQUEL TO A "GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENT."
      • HE EXPANDS IN SPLENDOR.
      • A SUDDEN TRANSFORMATION.
      • "THE PUBLIC BE DAMNED."
      • ADDS $100,000,000 IN SEVEN YEARS.
      • HIS DEATH A NOTABLE EVENT.
      • HIS FRAUDS IN EVADING TAXES.
      • HIS WILL TRANSMITS $200,000,000.
    • THE OLD MAGNATE'S DEATH.
    • THE RISE OF THE FIRST TRUST.
    • CORPORATE WEALTH AND LABOR UNIONS.
    • THE GREAT STRIKE OF 1877.
    • FRAUD BECOMES RESPECTABLE WEALTH
    • MORE RAILROADS ACQUIRED.
    • THE SEQUEL TO A "GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENT."
    • HE EXPANDS IN SPLENDOR.
    • A SUDDEN TRANSFORMATION.
    • "THE PUBLIC BE DAMNED."
    • ADDS $100,000,000 IN SEVEN YEARS.
    • HIS DEATH A NOTABLE EVENT.
    • HIS FRAUDS IN EVADING TAXES.
    • HIS WILL TRANSMITS $200,000,000.
  • CHAPTER VII
    • THE GREAT LABOR MOVEMENT OF 1886
      • THE HAYMARKET TRAGEDY.
      • JUDICIAL MURDER OF LABOR'S LEADERS.
      • THE LABOR UPRISING IN NEW YORK.
      • CAPITALIST TRIUMPH BY FRAUD.
      • THE LABOR PARTY EVAPORATES.
      • THE SMALL CAPITALISTS' LOSING FIGHT.
      • SEIZING RAILROADS AND COAL MINES.
      • AND THE WAY IN WHICH IT WAS DONE.
      • THE DICTATION OF THE COAL FIELDS.
      • THE BITUMINOUS COAL MINES ALSO.
      • THE HUGE PROFITS FROM THE COAL MINES.
    • THE HAYMARKET TRAGEDY.
    • JUDICIAL MURDER OF LABOR'S LEADERS.
    • THE LABOR UPRISING IN NEW YORK.
    • CAPITALIST TRIUMPH BY FRAUD.
    • THE LABOR PARTY EVAPORATES.
    • THE SMALL CAPITALISTS' LOSING FIGHT.
    • SEIZING RAILROADS AND COAL MINES.
    • AND THE WAY IN WHICH IT WAS DONE.
    • THE DICTATION OF THE COAL FIELDS.
    • THE BITUMINOUS COAL MINES ALSO.
    • THE HUGE PROFITS FROM THE COAL MINES.
  • CHAPTER VIII
    • AN $8,000,000 AREA CONFISCATED.
      • PUBLIC TAXATION TO SUPPLY PRIVATE CAPITAL.
      • A MULTITUDE OF ACQUISITIONS
      • THE BOSTON AND ALBANY RAILROAD BECOMES THEIRS.
      • THE GOVERNMENT AN ENGINE OF TYRANNY.
      • MACHINE GUNS FOR THE OVERWORKED.
      • TEN MILLIONS FOR A DUKEDOM.
      • DIVERSITY OF THE VANDERBILT POSSESSIONS.
      • THE SORT OF ABILITY DISPLAYED.
    • PUBLIC TAXATION TO SUPPLY PRIVATE CAPITAL.
    • A MULTITUDE OF ACQUISITIONS
    • THE BOSTON AND ALBANY RAILROAD BECOMES THEIRS.
    • THE GOVERNMENT AN ENGINE OF TYRANNY.
    • MACHINE GUNS FOR THE OVERWORKED.
    • TEN MILLIONS FOR A DUKEDOM.
    • DIVERSITY OF THE VANDERBILT POSSESSIONS.
    • THE SORT OF ABILITY DISPLAYED.
  • CHAPTER IX
    • JAY GOULD'S BOYHOOD
      • HE GOES INTO THE TANNING BUSINESS.
      • HE BUYS RAILROAD BONDS WITH HIS STEALINGS.
      • WHY THIS BIASED VIEW OF GOULD'S CAREER?
      • THE TEACHINGS OF HIS ENVIRONMENT.
      • A SPECIMEN OF GOULD'S TUITION.
      • PATRIOTISM AT FIFTY PER CENT.
    • HE GOES INTO THE TANNING BUSINESS.
    • HE BUYS RAILROAD BONDS WITH HIS STEALINGS.
    • WHY THIS BIASED VIEW OF GOULD'S CAREER?
    • THE TEACHINGS OF HIS ENVIRONMENT.
    • A SPECIMEN OF GOULD'S TUITION.
    • PATRIOTISM AT FIFTY PER CENT.
  • CHAPTER X
    • PRIVATE CONFISCATION OF THE ERIE RAILROAD.
      • THE SPECULATOR, DREW, GETS CONTROL.
      • GOULD AND HIS PARTNERS FLEE WITH MILLIONS.
      • GOULD BRIBES THE LEGISLATURE WITH $500,000.
      • GOULD AND FISK THROW OVER DREW.
      • ALLIANCE WITH CORRUPT POLITICS AND JUDICIARY.
      • GOULD'S TRADING CLASS SUPPORT
      • GOULD'S DIRECTORS BRIBED TO RESIGN.
      • THE LEGISLATURE BRIBED AGAIN.
      • GOULD'S DIRECT ERIE THEFTS WERE $12,000,000.
      • AN EXTRAORDINARY "RESTITUTION."
      • THE SECOND STAGE OF THE GOULD FORTUNE
    • THE SPECULATOR, DREW, GETS CONTROL.
    • GOULD AND HIS PARTNERS FLEE WITH MILLIONS.
    • GOULD BRIBES THE LEGISLATURE WITH $500,000.
    • GOULD AND FISK THROW OVER DREW.
    • ALLIANCE WITH CORRUPT POLITICS AND JUDICIARY.
    • GOULD'S TRADING CLASS SUPPORT
    • GOULD'S DIRECTORS BRIBED TO RESIGN.
    • THE LEGISLATURE BRIBED AGAIN.
    • GOULD'S DIRECT ERIE THEFTS WERE $12,000,000.
    • AN EXTRAORDINARY "RESTITUTION."
    • THE SECOND STAGE OF THE GOULD FORTUNE
  • CHAPTER XI
    • THE ABUSE OF GOULD OVERDONE
      • GOULD EMBARKS ON HIS CONSPIRACY
      • HE BRIBES GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.
      • GOULD BETRAYS HIS PARTNERS.
      • THE MEMORABLE "BLACK FRIDAY"
      • ELEVEN MILLIONS POCKETED BY JUDICIAL COLLUSION.
      • THEIR PRESENT WEALTH TRACED TO FRAUD.
      • THE CLUBBING OF THE UNEMPLOYED.
    • GOULD EMBARKS ON HIS CONSPIRACY
    • HE BRIBES GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.
    • GOULD BETRAYS HIS PARTNERS.
    • THE MEMORABLE "BLACK FRIDAY"
    • ELEVEN MILLIONS POCKETED BY JUDICIAL COLLUSION.
    • THEIR PRESENT WEALTH TRACED TO FRAUD.
    • THE CLUBBING OF THE UNEMPLOYED.
  • CHAPTER XII
    • THE MISLEADING ACCOUNTS HANDED DOWN.
      • SECTIONAL INTERESTS IN CONFLICT.
      • A MYTH OF MODERN FABRICATION
      • CONGRESS BRIBED FOR THE UNION PACIFIC CHARTER.
      • THE CREDIT MOBILIER JOBBERY.
      • GREAT CORRUPTION AND VAST THEFTS.
      • THRIFTY, SAGACIOUS PATRIOTISM.
      • THE BRIBERY PERSISTENTLY CONTINUES.
      • JAY GOULD COMES FORWARD
    • SECTIONAL INTERESTS IN CONFLICT.
    • A MYTH OF MODERN FABRICATION
    • CONGRESS BRIBED FOR THE UNION PACIFIC CHARTER.
    • THE CREDIT MOBILIER JOBBERY.
    • GREAT CORRUPTION AND VAST THEFTS.
    • THRIFTY, SAGACIOUS PATRIOTISM.
    • THE BRIBERY PERSISTENTLY CONTINUES.
    • JAY GOULD COMES FORWARD
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