A Classification of American Wealth
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 Part 1 : Colonial and Mercantile America  Part 2 : America in the Gilded Age
 Part 3 : America in the Twentieth Century  Encyclopedia of American Wealth

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  Part II : The Gilded Age  >   Introduction and Index :  « Previous  1 2 - 3 - 4 -  5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9  Next »

The Gilded Age ended sometimes in the first third of the 20th century, Some cite the 15th of April 1912, the night when the ocean liner Titanic sank. Others mention World War I or the stock market crash of October 24, 1929. All these events certainly had an impact on the factors which put an end to the Age of Moguls in America. The Titanic disaster taught mankind that there were still limits to where it could go. World War I started a process in which the power of the federal government was increased against the power of the tycoons, a process which would be furthered by the depression which followed the stock market crash of 1929. But what really put an end to the Gilded Age or the age of the moguls, was the introduction of income and estate taxes during the Wilson administration. Corporate and income taxes rendered wealth accumulation slower and more difficult, whereas the estate taxes prevented the perpetuation of wealth in the hands of the founding families.

Part 2 : America in the Gilded Age

Introduction      (  1 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 )

Chapter 7 : The Mining Bonanza Kings     ( 3 pages - free )
    The California Gold Rush – placer mining on the mother lode
    The Silver Kings of Nevada’s Comstock Lode
                The Comstock Lode – discovery and first bonanza (1859-1864)       ( 3 pages )
                The Comstock Lode – William Sharon and the Bank of  California  ( 6 pages )
                Rise of the Silver KingsFair, Flood, Mackay and O'Brien  ( 4 pages )
                Rise of the Silver Kings – The Hale & Norcross coup  ( 2 pages )
                Rise of the Silver Kings – The Consolidated Virginia and California mines  ( 3 p. )
    Mining fortunes in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, the Dakotas and Montana (coming later)

Chapter 8 : The Railroad Barons     ( 2 pages - free )
    First consolidation -  the New York Central     ( 3 pages)
    The Vanderbilt dynasty
                Commodore Vanderbilt - shipping magnate and railroad tycoon       ( 4 pages)
                William Henry Vanderbilt - the inception of the Vanderbilt dynasty    
( 3 pages  )
                The main heirs - Cornelius Vanderbilt II genesis
       ( 5 pages)
                The main heirs - William Kissam Vanderbilt genesis    
( 4 pages  )


      
The Transcontinental railroad      ( 2 pages - free )
                
Union Pacific and Credit Mobilier   
 ( 8 pages )
             Union Pacific Eastern Division     ( 1 )
                 The Central Pacific and the Pacific Quartet 
    ( 15 pages )

Chapter 9 :
The Merchant Princes 
( 3 pages - free ) NEW
       Rise of the department store moguls
NEW     Alexander Turney Stewart and the first large store in New York City ( 6 pages )
NEW     The Wanamakers - from Philadelphia to New York ( 11 pages )
NEW     Marshall Field & Company in Chicago ( 18 pages )
NEW     Rowland Hussey Macy - genesis of a department store ( 4 pages )
                Sequence at Macy's in New York - the Straus Family (coming soon)
                Jewish merchant princes in America (coming soon)

       The chain store tycoons (coming later)
      
The story of mail order merchandising (coming later)

Chapter 10
: The Bankers II - Banking dynasties of the Gilded Age ( 5 pages free ) 
     
Jay Cooke : Rise and Fall of a Banking Grandee
                   
Jay Cooke -  Financier of the Union (6 pages)
      
             Jay Cooke and the Northern Pacific Railroad (6 pages)
     
The House of Morgan (coming later)

      Jewish banking houses in America ( 2 pages free ) 
                   
A short introduction about the Rothschilds (4 pages)
                   
August Belmont & Company (10 pages)
                   
J. & W. Seligman & Company (12 pages)
                  
Kuhn, Loeb & Company (12 pages)

                   Other Jewish banking houses (coming later)

Chapter 11 : The Trusts    ( 4 pages - free )
     A list of major industrial trusts or corporations organized between 1882 and 1904  
( 1 )
     A list of other industrial trusts or corporations organized between 1882 and 1904   
( 1 )

The rise of Standard Oil, John Davison Rockefeller and his associates
       Rise of a Baptist capitalist : John Davison Rockefeller   
( 6 pages )
       Birth of the Standard Oil Company 
  ( 7 pages )
       Standard Oil : the Trust Agreement of 1882  
 ( 6 pages )
       The Standard Oil families    (
1 )

The Dukes of American Tobacco    
( 6 pages )

Chapter 12 : Utility Tycoons 
(coming later)

The Gilded Age  >   Introduction and Index :  « Previous  1 2 - 3 - 4 -  5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9  Next »

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