History of the Great American Fortunes (Volume Two), Volume 2

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The Minerva Group, Inc., Dec 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 388 pages
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Originally published in 1910, a primary source for the business and development of American power in the nineteenth century. As Myers describes in his preface, it was the fashion in the early twentieth century to write of the multi-millionaires in an unfavorable light, as if they were all robber barons and had no social conscience. In his history he was attempting to be more realistic in his perspective. Volume one tells of the colonization of America and the large land grants and the great land fortunes. Volumes two and three cover the great fortunes from railroads, with extensive material on J. P. Morgan in relation to that category.Gustavus Myers (1872-1942) was an American historian who worked on a number of newspapers and magazines in New York City, joined the Populist party and the Social Reform Club, and was a member (1907-12) of the Socialist party. Such books as The History of Tammany Hall (1901), History of the Great American Fortunes (1910), and History of the Supreme Court of the United States (1912) were detailed, realistic exposes through which Myers made his reputation in the muckraking era of American literature.
 

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On Sept 4, 1946 I said: "Stayed up till 12:30 AM to finish first volume of 'Great American Fortunes'--a bitter tirade against the rich guys who, according to the author, were worse than devils Astor ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER PAGE I The Seizure of the Public Domain
11
A Necessary Contrast
51
The Beginnings of the Vanderbilt Fortune
95
The Onrush of the Vanderbilt Fortune
125
The Vanderbilt Fortune Increases Manifold
153
The Entailing of the Vanderbilt Fortune
191
The Vanderbilt Fortune in the Present Gen eration
223
Further Aspects of the Vanderbilt Fortune
260
The Rise of the Gould Fortune
281
The Second Stage of the Gould Fortune
302
The Gould Fortune Bounds Forward
326
The Gould Fortune and Some Antecedent Factors
351
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GUSTAVUS MYERS, 1872 - 1942, was a the pioneering historian who wrote ten major works during his life.

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