Taxes on Knowledge in America: Exactions on the Press from Colonial Times to the Present

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Deals with direct and indirect taxes imposed on media for the dissemination of news, such as postage for periodicals, direct taxes on books, and government fees that the new communication technologies pay for such necessities as cable and satellite transmission. Does not consider taxes everyone pays, the cost of doing business, nor literature or art. Begins with the English heritage of press control and progresses from colonial through 19th-century federal, state, and municipal taxes, to broadcast and cable news of today. A section examines the developing doctrine in the Supreme Court. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780585126470
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Knowledge Taxes in England 6
2 Knowledge Taxes from the Colonial Period Through Ratification of the First Amendment 55
3 Federal Knowledge Taxes in Nineteenth-Century America 88
4 State and Municipal Knowledge Taxes in Nineteenth-Century America 105
5 Knowledge Taxes in Nineteenth-Century America: Observations at the End of the Print Era 133
6 Knowledge Taxes in Twentieth-Century America 142
7 Beyond the Traditional Setting: Knowledge Taxation in New Environments 200
8 The Postal System 216
9 Developing Doctrine in the Supreme Court: Some Lessons from History 252
10 The Perspectives of History 286
Selected Bibliography 303
Table of Cases 309
Index 313
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