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What People are Saying

“Just as its title suggests, this book is a historical review of Federal taxation in America, updating the 1996 first edition by expanding coverage to 2004. It does an excellent job of tracing the key features of Federal taxation since the Federal government took shape with the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. As such, it is a worthwhile read for faculty serious about learning and using the deep structure of taxation in their teaching, research, or public lives.”—John E. Karayan, The Journal of American Taxation Association

Chapter List


Part I. The History Regimes
1. The Formative Tax Regimes, 1789–1916
2. The Democratic-Statist Tax Regimes, 1916–1941
3. The Era of Easy Finance, 1941–1980

Part II. The Conservative Challenge
4. The “Reagan Revolution,” 1980–1986
5. Reviving the Old Regime, 1986–2000
6. Threatening the Old Regime, 2000–present

Historiography and Bibliography

About Woodrow Wilson Center Press

Woodrow Wilson Center Press publishes books by fellows, other resident scholars, and staff written in substantial part at the Wilson Center.