Excerpt from an OUPblog article, published on 22nd November, by Edward T. O'Donnell, Associate Professor of History at College of the Holy Cross, MA. He is the author of Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age, which is now available on Columbia Scholarship Online (CUSO).
"What value does the story of Henry George, a self-taught economist from the late nineteenth century, hold for Americans living in the early 21st century? Quite a lot, if we stop to consider the ways in which contemporary American society has come to resemble America in the late-nineteenth century, a period popularly known as the Gilded Age. As in our times, that era was marked by a dramatic increase in income inequality. It also witnessed a sharp and disturbing rise in the numbers of Americans living in poverty, even as Wall Street boomed and overall productivity soared."
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