Greed in the Gilded Age: The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick

Greed in the Gilded Age: The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick

by William Hazelgrove
Greed in the Gilded Age: The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick

Greed in the Gilded Age: The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick

by William Hazelgrove


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Greed in the Gilded Age is a Gatsby-esque tale of mystery, money, sex, and scandal. ‘Millionaire’ had just entered the American lexicon and Cassie Chadwick was front page news, becoming a media sensation before mass media, even eclipsing President Roosevelt’s inauguration. Using these newspaper articles, Hazelgrove tells the story of one of the greatest cons in American history. Combining the sexuality and helplessness her gender implied, Chadwick conned at least 2 million dollars, equivalent to about 60 million today, simply by claiming to be the illegitimate daughter and heir of steel titan, Andrew Carnegie. Playing to their greed, she was able to convince highly educated financiers to loan hundreds of thousands of dollars, on nothing more than a rumor and her word. She was a product of her time and painting her as a criminal is only one way to look at it. Those times rewarded someone who was smart, inventive, bold, and aggressive. She was able to break through boundaries of class, education, and gender, to beat the men of the one percent at their own game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538142905
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/15/2022
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 1,055,845
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

William Elliott Hazelgrove has a masters in history and is the best-selling author of ten novels and five narrative nonfiction books. His most recent publications include, Sally Rand: American Sex Symbol (Lyons Press), Knox's Noble Train: The Story of a Boston Bookseller's Heroic Expedition That Saved the American Revolution (Prometheus), Al Capone and the 1933 World's Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago (Rowman & Littlefield). He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader Prologue Gilded Age Chapter 1: The Trial of the Century Chapter 2: The Chase Chapter 3: The Immigrants Chapter 4: A Genteel Victorian Twist Chapter 5: The Cauldron of Greed Chapter 6: The Tombs Chapter 7: Mrs. Bastado Chapter 8: The High Priestess of Fraudulent Finance Chapter 9: Lady Liberty Chapter 10: The Good Doctor Chapter 11: Madame DeVere Chapter 12: The Bank Failure Chapter 13: The Homestead Chapter 14: The Gold Standard Chapter 15: The Carnegie Subpoena Chapter 16: The Doctor and His Wife Chapter 17: The Queen of Cleveland Chapter 18: The Broken Man Chapter 19: Setting the Hook Chapter 20: The Trial of the Century Begins Chapter 21: The Bait Chapter 22: Survival of the Fittest Chapter 23: The Switch Chapter 24: The Work of a School Boy Chapter 25: The Good Pastor Chapter 26: Geronimo Chapter 27: Cashing In Chapter 28: A Jury of Farmers Chapter 29: Amazing Times Chapter 30: A Conspiracy to Defraud Chapter 31: The Newton Loan Chapter 32: Closing Arguments Chapter 33: The Verdict Chapter 34: The Sentence Chapter 35: The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick
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