Book Forum

Taxation in Colonial America

(Princeton University Press, 2008)

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Date and Time
May 8, 2008 8 - 9:30 AM EDT
Featuring the author Alvin Rabushka, Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Moderated by Chris Edwards, Cato Institute.

Taxation was central to the evolution of government in colonial America, and complaints about taxation led directly to the Revolution in 1776. Taxation in Colonial America provides a definitive history of taxation in the colonies from Jamestown to the Revolution. In almost 1,000 pages, Rabushka’s book covers an array of fascinating subjects such as the monetary systems of the colonies, British governance and politics, tax evasion and tax revolts, the development of colonial legislatures, and differences in tax systems between the colonies. The level of interesting detail about both tax and nontax subjects in this book is astounding. This forum will be a treat for anyone interested in taxation, American history, or the development of English and American political structures.