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Taxation in colonial America /
Alvin Rabushka.
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008.
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xx, 946 p.
ISBN
069113345X (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780691133454 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008.
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069113345X (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780691133454 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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6353355
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"A significant contribution. There is no other book like this one. It is a grand synthesis of mountains of previous work and colonial records. It pulls together a vast amount of scholarship of the past century or two, and in a convenient and accessible way. For anyone doing serious work on colonial taxation, it is the one book to have."--Richard Sylla, New York University"Encyclopedic and definitive. I was deeply impressed by the wealth of detail quite unknown to me. This is the fruit of intensive and extensive scholarship."--Niall Ferguson, Harvard University
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"A significant contribution. There is no other book like this one. It is a grand synthesis of mountains of previous work and colonial records. It pulls together a vast amount of scholarship of the past century or two, and in a convenient and accessible way. For anyone doing serious work on colonial taxation, it is the one book to have."-- Richard Sylla, New York University "Encyclopedic and definitive. I was deeply impressed by the wealth of detail quite unknown to me. This is the fruit of intensive and extensive scholarship."-- Niall Ferguson, Harvard University
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"A significant contribution. There is no other book like this one. It is a grand synthesis of mountains of previous work and colonial records. It pulls together a vast amount of scholarship of the past century or two, and in a convenient and accessible way. For anyone doing serious work on colonial taxation, it is the one book to have."--Richard Sylla, New York University "Encyclopedic and definitive. I was deeply impressed by the wealth of detail quite unknown to me. This is the fruit of intensive and extensive scholarship."--Niall Ferguson, Harvard University
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-10-01:
Running to nearly a thousand pages, this massive compendium of Colonial American tax data draws together disparate primary and secondary sources in an impressive feat of scholarship. Rabushka (Hoover Institution) provides context for the wealth of public finance detail through a constitutional history ranging from the Magna Carta, through the early Colonial charters and Parliament's subordination of the monarchy, to Parliament's final confrontations with the increasingly assertive Colonies. The volume is divided chronologically into six parts. Each typically begins with a chapter or more on the constitutional setting before examining Colonial taxation, with subsequent tax chapters devoted to the New England, middle, and southern plantation Colonies. The tax chapters, in turn, begin with an overview of monetary circumstances. In the Colonial era, money and taxation were inextricably entwined. Money accepted for tax payment ranged from specie and other commodities to the Colonies' various paper emissions. For many years, Colonial loan office mortgages circulated as money, providing Colonial assemblies with sufficient interest to virtually eliminate taxes. Taxation rose in wartime and during efforts to stabilize Colonial currencies, but remained very low relative to British tax burdens. Encyclopedic, with much narrative committed to tax listings, this volume is a valuable resource for research. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate and research collections. R. S. Hewett Drake University
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Alvin Rabushka has written an extraordinary history of early American taxation. Weighing in at 3 pounds, 5 ounces, and running to almost 1,000 pages, it's a big book. But it needs to be, for this is historical work on a grand scale. Rabushka has managed to compress into a single volume a detailed history of the colonial tax systems between the settlement of Jamestown and the beginning of the Revolutionary War. It's an extraordinary accomplishment.
"Alvin Rabushka has written an extraordinary history of early American taxation. Weighing in at 3 pounds, 5 ounces, and running to almost 1,000 pages, its a big book. But it needs to be, for this is historical work on a grand scale. Rabushka has managed to compress into a single volume a detailed history of the colonial tax systems between the settlement of Jamestown and the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Its an extraordinary accomplishment."-- Joseph J. Thorndike, Tax Notes
Alvin Rabushka has written an extraordinary history of early American taxation. Weighing in at 3 pounds, 5 ounces, and running to almost 1,000 pages, it's a big book. But it needs to be, for this is historical work on a grand scale. Rabushka has managed to compress into a single volume a detailed history of the colonial tax systems between the settlement of Jamestown and the beginning of the Revolutionary War. It's an extraordinary accomplishment. -- Joseph J. Thorndike, Tax Notes
Every scholar of colonial America should have this book on their shelf.
"Every scholar of colonial America should have this book on their shelf."-- Farley Grubb, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
Every scholar of colonial America should have this book on their shelf. -- Farley Grubb, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
Makes an enormously significant contribution to scholarship on the British North American colonies. Every university with an active graduate program, plus all the major independent research centers, should add this jewel to their library holdings. Alvin Rabushka has produced an astonishing and overwhelming labor of love, and colonial historians will remain forever in the author's debt for his prodigious research on the various tax systems in the thirteen colonies from 1607 through 1775. . . . This handsomely produced volume could become the standard reference on colonial taxation for the next thousand years. Yes, that long.
Makes an enormously significant contribution to scholarship on the British North American colonies. Every university with an active graduate program, plus all the major independent research centers, should add this jewel to their library holdings. Alvin Rabushka has produced an astonishing and overwhelming labor of love, and colonial historians will remain forever in the author's debt for his prodigious research on the various tax systems in the thirteen colonies from 1607 through 1775. . . . This handsomely produced volume could become the standard reference on colonial taxation for the next thousand years. Yes, that long. -- Edward J. Perkins, Journal of American History
Rabushka's work is encyclopedic in scope, thorough and fastidious in its mobilization of both tax-history scholarship and primary sources on colonial finance, and probing in its analysis of budgets and taxes. His mastery and crystal-clear explanations of previously baffling intricacies of colonial taxation means that his book is now the best starting point for anyone interested in the colonial foundations of American taxation.
"Rabushka's work is encyclopedic in scope, thorough and fastidious in its mobilization of both tax-history scholarship and primary sources on colonial finance, and probing in its analysis of budgets and taxes. His mastery and crystal-clear explanations of previously baffling intricacies of colonial taxation means that his book is now the best starting point for anyone interested in the colonial foundations of American taxation."-- W. Elliot Brownlee, Harvard Business History Review
Rabushka's work is encyclopedic in scope, thorough and fastidious in its mobilization of both tax-history scholarship and primary sources on colonial finance, and probing in its analysis of budgets and taxes. His mastery and crystal-clear explanations of previously baffling intricacies of colonial taxation means that his book is now the best starting point for anyone interested in the colonial foundations of American taxation. -- W. Elliot Brownlee, Harvard Business History Review
Running to nearly a thousand pages, this massive compendium of Colonial American tax data draws together disparate primary and secondary sources in an impressive feat of scholarship. Rabushka provides context for the wealth of public finance detail through a constitutional history ranging from the Magna Carta, through the early Colonial charters and Parliament's subordination of the monarchy, the Parliament's final confrontations with the increasingly assertive Colonies. . . . Encyclopedia, with much narratives committed to tax listings, this volume is a valuable resource for research.
"Running to nearly a thousand pages, this massive compendium of Colonial American tax data draws together disparate primary and secondary sources in an impressive feat of scholarship. Rabushka provides context for the wealth of public finance detail through a constitutional history ranging from the Magna Carta, through the early Colonial charters and Parliaments subordination of the monarchy, the Parliaments final confrontations with the increasingly assertive Colonies. . . . Encyclopedia, with much narratives committed to tax listings, this volume is a valuable resource for research."-- R. S. Hewett, Choice
Running to nearly a thousand pages, this massive compendium of Colonial American tax data draws together disparate primary and secondary sources in an impressive feat of scholarship. Rabushka provides context for the wealth of public finance detail through a constitutional history ranging from the Magna Carta, through the early Colonial charters and Parliament's subordination of the monarchy, the Parliament's final confrontations with the increasingly assertive Colonies. . . . Encyclopedia, with much narratives committed to tax listings, this volume is a valuable resource for research. -- R. S. Hewett, Choice
Special Recognition in the 2009 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Awards
[T]hanks to Rabushka's work, more can now be done on the history of trans-Atlantic connections. The originality of this book is in its mastery of the printed secondary and primary works, thus offering the most definitive resource to date on the subject of taxation in colonial America.
"[T]hanks to Rabushka's work, more can now be done on the history of trans-Atlantic connections. The originality of this book is in its mastery of the printed secondary and primary works, thus offering the most definitive resource to date on the subject of taxation in colonial America."-- William J. Ashworth, Enterprise & Society
[T]hanks to Rabushka's work, more can now be done on the history of trans-Atlantic connections. The originality of this book is in its mastery of the printed secondary and primary works, thus offering the most definitive resource to date on the subject of taxation in colonial America. -- William J. Ashworth, Enterprise & Society
The volume is one that scholars will find enduringly useful.
"The volume is one that scholars will find enduringly useful."-- American Historical Review
The volume is one that scholars will find enduringly useful. -- American Historical Review
This massive compendium of colonial American tax data draws together disparate primary and secondary sources in an impressive feat of scholarship. It provides an encyclopedic account of taxation in all thirteen colonies from the onset of European colonization to the American Revolution.
"This massive compendium of colonial American tax data draws together disparate primary and secondary sources in an impressive feat of scholarship. It provides an encyclopedic account of taxation in all thirteen colonies from the onset of European colonization to the American Revolution."-- Roger Hewett, EH.net
This massive compendium of colonial American tax data draws together disparate primary and secondary sources in an impressive feat of scholarship. It provides an encyclopedic account of taxation in all thirteen colonies from the onset of European colonization to the American Revolution. -- Roger Hewett, EH.net
Written for the average layperson without a detailed knowledge of history or taxation, the book is certain to become a standard in the field.
"Written for the average layperson without a detailed knowledge of history or taxation, the book is certain to become a standard in the field."-- Stephanie Towery, Law Library Journal
Written for the average layperson without a detailed knowledge of history or taxation, the book is certain to become a standard in the field. -- Stephanie Towery, Law Library Journal
A significant contribution. There is no other book like this one. It is a grand synthesis of mountains of previous work and colonial records. It pulls together a vast amount of scholarship of the past century or two, and in a convenient and accessible way. For anyone doing serious work on colonial taxation, it is the one book to have.
Encyclopedic and definitive. I was deeply impressed by the wealth of detail quite unknown to me. This is the fruit of intensive and extensive scholarship.
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Summaries
Main Description
Taxation in Colonial Americaexamines life in the thirteen original American colonies through the revealing lens of the taxes levied on and by the colonists. Spanning the turbulent years from the founding of the Jamestown settlement to the outbreak of the American Revolution, Alvin Rabushka provides the definitive history of taxation in the colonial era, and sets it against the backdrop of enormous economic, political, and social upheaval in the colonies and Europe. Rabushka shows how the colonists strove to minimize, avoid, and evade British and local taxation, and how they used tax incentives to foster settlement. He describes the systems of public finance they created to reduce taxation, and reveals how they gained control over taxes through elected representatives in colonial legislatures. Rabushka takes a comprehensive look at the external taxes imposed on the colonists by Britain, the Netherlands, and Sweden, as well as internal direct taxes like poll and income taxes. He examines indirect taxes like duties and tonnage fees, as well as county and town taxes, church and education taxes, bounties, and other charges. He links the types and amounts of taxes with the means of payment--be it gold coins, agricultural commodities, wampum, or furs--and he compares tax systems and burdens among the colonies and with Britain. This book brings the colonial period to life in all its rich complexity, and shows how colonial attitudes toward taxation offer a unique window into the causes of the revolution.
Main Description
Taxation in Colonial America examines life in the thirteen original American colonies through the revealing lens of the taxes levied on and by the colonists. Spanning the turbulent years from the founding of the Jamestown settlement to the outbreak of the American Revolution, Alvin Rabushka provides the definitive history of taxation in the colonial era, and sets it against the backdrop of enormous economic, political, and social upheaval in the colonies and Europe. Rabushka shows how the colonists strove to minimize, avoid, and evade British and local taxation, and how they used tax incentives to foster settlement. He describes the systems of public finance they created to reduce taxation, and reveals how they gained control over taxes through elected representatives in colonial legislatures. Rabushka takes a comprehensive look at the external taxes imposed on the colonists by Britain, the Netherlands, and Sweden, as well as internal direct taxes like poll and income taxes. He examines indirect taxes like duties and tonnage fees, as well as county and town taxes, church and education taxes, bounties, and other charges. He links the types and amounts of taxes with the means of payment--be it gold coins, agricultural commodities, wampum, or furs--and he compares tax systems and burdens among the colonies and with Britain. This book brings the colonial period to life in all its rich complexity, and shows how colonial attitudes toward taxation offer a unique window into the causes of the revolution.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Preface
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Founding the American Coloniesp. 19
The First Wavep. 23
The Middle Wavep. 42
The Th ird Wavep. 56
Appendix: List of Tax Incentives in Founding and Settlement of the American Coloniesp. 64
Turmoil in England--Growth in the Colonies, 1607-1688p. 65
Constitutional Government and Politics in England, 1607-1688p. 71
Imperial Governance: Constitutional and Commercial Policy, 1607-1688p. 92
The Colonial Constitution, 1607-1688p. 118
Taxation of the New En gland Colonies, 1620-1688p. 144
Taxation of the Middle Colonies, 1624-1688p. 199
Taxation of the Southern Plantation Colonies, 1607-1688p. 228
Appendix: Taxation in the American Colonies, 1688p. 267
War in Europe--Opportunity in the Colonies, 1688-1714p. 271
Constitutional Government and Politics in En gland, 1688-1714p. 275
Imperial Governance: Constitutional and Commercial Policy, 1688-1714p. 301
The Colonial Constitution, 1688-1714p. 325
Taxation of the New En gland Colonies, 1688-1714p. 355
Taxation of the Middle Colonies, 1688-1714p. 399
Taxation of the Southern Plantation Colonies, 1688-1714p. 416
Appendix: Tax Burdens in the American Colonies, 1714p. 437
Salutary Neglect in the Colonies, 1714-1739p. 441
Imperial Governance and the Colonial Constitution, 1714-1739p. 445
Taxation of the New En gland Colonies, 1714-1739p. 454
Taxation of the Middle Colonies, 1714-1739p. 490
Taxation of the Southern Plantation Colonies, 1714-1739p. 519
Appendix: Taxes in the American Colonies, 1739p. 556
War, Debt, Money, and Taxes: Prelude to Imperial Intervention, 1739-1763p. 559
Imperial Governance and the Colonial Constitution, 1739-1763p. 563
Taxation of the New En gland Colonies, 1739-1763p. 575
Taxation of the Middle Colonies, 1739-1763p. 624
Taxation of the Southern Plantation Colonies, 1739-1763p. 657
An American Tax, 1763-1775p. 713
British Politics, Imperial Governance, and Colonial Government and Politics, 1763-1775p. 717
British Taxation of the American Colonies, 1763-1775p. 749
Taxation of the New En gland Colonies, 1763-1775p. 766
Taxation of the Middle Colonies, 1763-1775p. 797
Taxation of the Southern Plantation Colonies, 1763-1775p. 826
Conclusionp. 865
Appendixp. 871
Bibliographyp. 891
Indexp. 915
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