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Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age (Columbia History of Urban Life) Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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This social biography of Henry George is a beautifully written, deeply researched, carefully argued, and analytically nuanced book. O'Donnell's own prodigious research, as well as his talent for synthesizing the findings of other scholars, makes this a social and political history of Gilded Age America as seen through the lens of Henry George's extraordinary life.(Daniel Czitrom, Mount Holyoke College)
We have long needed a modern account of the ideas of Henry George, one set in the context of the vast inequalities of wealth in the Gilded Age, the rise and fall of a powerful labor movement, and George's campaign for mayor of New York City in 1886. Edward O'Donnell has now provided it in a fascinating book that shows how the social realities and conflicts of that era speak to our own unequal times.(Eric Foner, Columbia University)
At a time when issues of social inequality have moved again to the forefront of political debate, it is good to remind ourselves that, throughout the past two centuries, Americans have passionately contested the severe inequalities that went along with the spectacular economic development of the nation. In the nineteenth century, few voices were as powerful―and had as lasting an impact―as that of Henry George. O'Donnell's political biography is a brilliant introduction to George's life, ideas, and politics, showing that inequality can generate political movements that challenge the rich and powerful. Highly recommended.(Sven Beckert, Harvard University)
A captivating portrait of the struggle between labor and capital during a formative period in the quest for workers' rights.(Kirkus Reviews)
Timely and accessible.(Sam Roberts The New York Times)
A detailed examination of Henry George and his radical critique of the Gilded Age economy.... Recommended.(Choice)
A persuasive piece of history.(Steve Fraser H-Socialisms)
A long-overdue social biography of an activist who warned of the dangers of rising inequality and inspired a vibrant working class political culture in Gilded Age America.
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Yet he wasn’t a socialist. He was thoroughly pro-capitalism; it was class conflict he abhorred, and his “single tax” was to be the great leveler, achieving for real what America thought of itself in theory. The solution was to tax all land. This would prevent speculation and prevent rents, as they would be taxed out of existence. It was not seizure; it was taxation. He said poverty was an artificial condition of man’s invention, and the single tax would correct the imbalance. He became such a celebrity in New York they nominated him to run for mayor in an era when inequality was getting critically ugly.
O’Donnell sets the stage expertly, recounting the various key events that snowballed into a unique and unexpected political opportunity for George and the labor movement.Read more ›
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Like all quality biographies, Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality helps the reader understand the numerous problems working Americans faced during our first Gilded Age... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joseph M Jourdain
Fascinating, very well written, tremendously relevant in our new age of inequality.Published 9 months ago by Mary Cleveland