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American Taxation, American Slavery

American Taxation, American Slavery

by Robin L. Einhorn


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In American Taxation, American Slavery, Robin L. Einhorn shows the deep, broad, and continuous influence of slavery on America's fear and loathing of taxes. From the earliest colonial times right up to the Civil War, slaveholding elites feared strong and democratic government as a threat to the institution of slavery. Einhorn reveals how the heated battles over taxation, the power to tax, and the distribution of tax burdens were rooted not in debates over personal liberty but rather in the rights of slaveowners to hold human beings as property. Along the way, she exposes the antidemocratic origins of the enduringly popular Jeffersonian rhetoric about weak government, showing that state governments were actually more democratic-and stronger-where most people were free.

A strikingly original look at the role of slavery in the making of the United States, American Taxation, American Slavery will prove essential to anyone interested in the history of American government and politics.

About the Author:
Robin L. Einhorn is professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226194882
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 05/01/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 39,316
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Robin L. Einhorn is professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Property Rules: Political Economy in Chicago, 1833–1872, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Maps     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Prologue: Taxation without Representation     11
Colonial Tax Systems     24
Virginia     29
Massachusetts     53
Variations     79
National Tax Politics     110
The Origin of the Tariff     117
Direct Taxes     157
The Synthesis in the States     200
Property Taxes     207
Epilogue: James Madison on Slave Taxes     251
How to Talk about Taxes     257
Notes     271
Index     327

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