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Henry George papers

Identifier: MS-HUT-013

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Collection consists of published popular editions of Henry George's speeches, campaign pamphlets, broadsides, and autograph letters. The material spans the years 1867-1897, when George was well known in America and Europe. George's speeches and writings set forth his theories on tax reform, labor reform and issues leading to an equitable distribution of wealth. Of interest is a copy of the famous "Moses" lecture presented in Glasgow, Dec. 28, 1884 and an advertisement for the San Francisco Land Reform League, 1879.


  • Creation: 1867-1897


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Biographical Note

Henry George was an American economist and a social reformer. He was born in Philadelphia in 1839. He served as a printer's apprentice and sailed as a foremast boy before becoming employed as a typesetter in San Francisco in 1859. He worked as a journalist, later founding and editing the "San Francisco Evening Post." As Editor, he attacked the monopolies controlling the railroads and wire services. His published pamphlet, "Our Land and Policy" (1871) set forth his theory of the single-tax wherby the entire tax burden would be laid on land. This was expanded into his classic work, "Progress and Poverty," (1880). George lectured in England and Scotland and wrote widely on land reform, tax restructuring, and the distribution of wealth. Henry George died in New York, Oct. 29, 1897


0.8 Cubic Feet

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The collection was purchased for the Hutzler Collection of Economic Classics in the 1930s.

General Physical Description note

.8 linear feet

George (Henry) 1839-1897Papers 1867-1897MS Hut013
July 08, 2008
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Finding aid written in English

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