More than a century after his death in 1897, Henry George remains one of the most original and influential economic thinkers in American history. His revolutionary theory on land taxation gained a tremendous following, reshaped the nation's political and economic debate, and continues today to be a widely discussed and controversial subject throughout the world. George's seminal work was Progress and Poverty (1879), but as a reformer, economist, journalist, and political candidate he wrote scores of articles on a vast array of topics, including political thought, election reform, immigration, labor, Lincoln, presidential campaigns, private property, socialism, industrialization, Ireland, Australia, the Chinese in California, and his race for mayor of New York City. His writing shaped a generation of statesmen and intellectuals, including Winston Churchill, Robert La Follette, Clarence Darrow, George Bernard Shaw, and Milton Friedman. Despite his profound influence on economic thought and American reform, he remains understudied, in part because many of his writings appeared in obscure journals, long-defunct daily newspapers, and long out-of-print collections. This four-volume set rectifies this problem by gathering all of George's hard-to-find articles and essays in one comprehensive edition. It also includes the first biographical sketch of him, written in 1884 and never before republished, as well as numerous articles he wrote during his tour of Australia in 1890. Edited by noted George scholar Kenneth C. Wenzer, each article is reprinted in its original form with annotations. There is a general introduction to each volume. A timeline of George's activities and travels is also included.
Selected Contents: Volume I Introduction: From the Dreams by the Delaware River to the Reality of the San Francisco Bay Part I. Early Works Before Progress and Poverty Part II. Drowned by the Chinese Tidal Wave Part III. Henry George: A Biographical, Anecdotal, and Critical Sketch, by Henry Rose, 1884 Volume II Introduction: Contradictions of a Promise Part I. The Early Eighties Part II. The Campaign Year, 1886 Part III. The Late Eighties Volume III Introduction: Those Not So Very Gay Nineties Part I. The Single-Tax Debate at Saratoga, September 5, 1890 Part II. A Debate Between Edward Atkinson and Henry George, The Century Magazine, 1890 Part III. Social, Political, and Economic Articles, 1890-1897 Volume IV Introduction: Historical Background - The Visit of Henry George to Australia, March-June, 1890, Margery Jackson - The "Land Question" in New South Wales Circa 1890, Alan K. Dunstan Part I. Articles in the Australian Press, March-June 1890 Part II. Editorials and Articles in the American Press, April-August 1890 and and 1891