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The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln to Wilson--The Fierce Battles over Money and Power That Transformed the Nation
The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln to Wilson--The Fierce Battles over Money and Power That Transformed the Nation by Steven R. Weisman 0684850680 9780684850689
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The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln to Wilson--The Fierce Battles over Money and Power That Transformed the Nation by Steven R. Weisman

A major work of history, The Great Tax Wars is the gripping, epic story of six decades of often violent conflict over wealth, power, and fairness that gave America the income tax. Its the story of a tumultuous period of radical change, from Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War through the progressive era under Theodore Roosevelt and ending with Woodrow Wilson and World War I. During these years of upheaval, America was transformed from an agrarian society into a mighty industrial nation as great fortunes were amassed, militant farmers and workers rebelled against concentrations of vast wealth and power, class war was narrowly averted, and America emerged as a global power. <P> Award-winning journalist Steven R. Weisman begins his narrative with the Civil War, when Lincoln imposed the nations first income tax to pay the Union Army and dampen dangerous resentment against bankers, merchants, and factory owners who profited from the war. Repealed by Congress after the war, the tax was reenacted in 1894 to deal with the nations worst economic collapse until that time. By reducing the governments heavy reliance on tariffs for revenue, t

Author: Steven R. Weisman

Language: English

Edition: First edition.

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 432

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2002-09-03

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