Federal Taxation in America: A Short History / Edition 2

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Overview

"This brief survey is a comprehensive historical overview of the U.S. federal tax system. Its coverage extends from the ratification of the Constitution to the present day. Brownlee describes the five principal stages of federal taxation in relation to the crises that led to their adoption - the formation of the republic, the Civil War, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II - and discusses the significant modifications during the Reagan presidency. While focusing on federal policy, Brownlee also attends to the related history of state and local taxation." Now in a new Edition, Brownlee adds a new chapter focusing on the current tax policies of the George W. Bush administration. This discussion is set in a larger analysis of contemporary tax and fiscal issues, including war finance, Social Security, and Medicare.
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"Just as its title suggests, this book is a historical review of Federal taxation in America, updating the 1996 first edition by expanding coverage to 2004. It does an excellent job of tracing the key features of Federal taxation since the Federal government took shape with the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. As such, it is a worthwhile read for faculty serious about learning and using the deep structure of taxation in their teaching, research, or public lives." - John E. Karayan, Professor, California State Polytechnic University, The Journal of American Taxation Association
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521836654
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Elliot Brownlee is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author and editor of numerous books, including Funding the Modern American State: The Rise and Fall of the Era of Easy Finance, 1941–1995 (Cambridge, 1996).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction : taxation and national emergencies 1
1 The formative tax regimes, 1789-1916 13
2 The democratic-statist tax regimes, 1916-1941 58
3 The era of easy finance, 1941-1980 107
4 The "Reagan revolution," 1980-1986 147
5 Reviving the old regime, 1986-2000 178
6 Threatening the old regime, 2000-present 217
Historiography and bibliography 249
Index 279
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