11 The thesis of Henry Georges Progress and Poverty 1879 was that a single tax

11 the thesis of henry georges progress and poverty

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problems on the ability of a few monopolists to grow wealthy as a result of rising land values. 11. The thesis of Henry George’s Progress and Poverty (1879) was that a “single tax” on land, to replace other taxes, would destroy monopolies, distribute wealth more equally, and eliminate poverty. The thesis of Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward (1888) was that by the year 2000, a new social order in which want, politics, and vices were unknown would emerge through a peaceful evolutionary process: the large trusts continuing to grow and eventually combining with one another to form one great trust that equally distributed wealth among everyone. 12. The “two sorts” of immigration that dramatically expanded the industrial workforce were rural Americans, who continued to flow into factory towns and cities (people disillusioned with or bankrupted by life on the farm), and a great wave of immigration from abroad (primarily from Europe, but also from Asia, Canada, Mexico, and other areas) in the decades following the Civil War—an influx greater than that of any previous era. 13. The largest industrial employer of women was the textile industry.
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