This book, first published in 1985, investigates the enactment of the federal income tax as a case study of an important Progressive Era reform. It was a critical issue that likely divided people along socioeconomic lines, thus helping to provide insight into the debate over the ‘class origins’ of the reformist movement.
1. Building a National Consensus 2. An Amendment of Curious Origins 3. The Chronology of Ratification 4. Triumph in the West 5. Unexpected Troubles in the South 6. Toppling the Keystone: The Amendment in New York 7. Breaking the Iron Rectangle: The Northeastern States 8. The End of the Road 9. The Income Tax and the Progressive Era