Material from Various Single Tax Leagues and Clubs, 1902-1945

Collection Overview

Title: Material from State and Local Single Tax Clubs, 1902-1945

Predominant Dates: 1912-1944, undated

Arrangement: Arranged in one series by club title.

Biographical Note

American Alliance to Advance Freedom (New York, NY)
Followers of Henry George formed the American Alliance to Advance Freedom in 1941 to “awaken interest” among those unfamiliar with George’s doctrines and promote legislation based on the principles of the equal right to use the land and free trade. Sidney J. Abelson served as chairman.

Anti-Poverty Club (Capon Springs, WV)
This club appears to have been led by Will Atkinson, the husband of Henry George’s daughter Jennie. Atkinson both authored and published for the Club, single tax pamphlets and literature.

Civics and Equity League (Washington, D.C.)
Joseph B. Chamberlain established the Civics and Equity League in the 1910s to “discredit propaganda” and promote the philosophy of Henry George. The work of the League was mainly educational; Chamberlain issued pamphlets and wrote letters promoting League principles.

Denver Single Tax League (Denver, CO)
This League was organized by Barney Haughey and others to lobby for a single tax amendment for Denver. It was placed before the voters of the city in 1929 and defeated. Previously, Haughey served as secretary of the Colorado Single Tax and Old Age Pension League. Formed in 1920, the purpose of this League was to pass a state constitutional amendment to levy a special tax on land values to fund a system of pensions for the elderly.

Henry George Lecture Association (Chicago, IL)
The Henry George Lecture Association was formed in 1903 by several individuals interested in the single tax and related questions and who organize lectures on these topics. Frederick Monroe led the organization for several years, helping secure lectures by such prominent single tax advocates as Henry George, Jr., Ernest Howard Crosby, and Bolton Hall. By 1917, the Association counted nearly 4,000 members.

Henry George Legislative Committee (New York, NY)
Chaired by Walter Fairchild, the Henry George Legislative Committee formed in 1941 to draft and support legislation based on single tax principles. The Committee worked with the American Association of Scientific Taxation and the Graded Tax Committee of New York. Walter Fairchild served as secretary.

Los Angeles Single Tax League (Los Angeles, CA)
The Los Angeles Single Tax League first formed as the “Los Angeles Single Tax Club” in 1889 to “advocate the abolition of all taxes upon industry and the products of industry, and the taking by taxation upon land values irrespective of improvements of the annual rental value of all these various forms of natural opportunities embraced under the general term, land.” Among the League’s leaders over time included Stoughton Cooley, Charles James, and H.W. McFarlane.

Maryland Tax Reform Association (Baltimore, MD)
Formed by J. Ogle and others to promote the passage of home rule taxation in Maryland cities to bring about a graded system of property taxation. Previously, the Association was called the Maryland Single Tax League.

Single Tax League of Texas (San Antonio, TX)
Formed March 16, 1916 at the first Single Tax Conference in Texas. Previously, the work of spreading the ideals of the single tax in Texas was conducted by the Texas League for the Taion of Land Values. William Black carried out much of the work of the Single Tax League of Texas, which included legislative campaigns designed to elect representatives sympathetic to single tax principles. In 1918, Black was made a member of the Joint Labor Legislative Board of Texas where he pushed for the adoption of a state constitutional amendment that would allow cities and counties to tax land values at higher rates than taxes on buildings and other improvements. The Single Tax League of Texas occasionally published a periodical titled Common Sense.

Single Tax Club of Spokane (Spokane, WA)
W. Matthews and D.L. Thompson, a property assessor, led the Single Tax Club of Spokane where they lobbied to exempt buildings from taxation.

Single Tax Information Bureau (New York, NY)
Established by E.B. Swinney in May, 1903 for the purpose of distributing single tax literature. By June, 1917, the Bureau supplied more than half a million pamphlets and leaflets to students of political economy. The work of the Bureau was supported by donations and volunteers.


References

Single Tax Year Book. Volume One. (1917), 440-442.

“Single Tax Club: The Disciples of Henry George Organized,” Los Angeles Times (December 9, 1889), 4.

William Black, “Activity in Texas,” Land and Freedom (March-April 1918), 52.

Walter Fairchild, A Legislative Framework for the Philosophy of Henry George. (New York: Land and Freedom, 1941).

Collection Content

American Alliance to Advance Freedom
Sidney Abelson, Freedom is as Freedom Does (1945)
Sidney Abelson, The Forgotten Freedom (undated)
“A Proposal for Georgist Action Now!” (undated)
“Declaration of Principles” (undated)

Anti-Poverty Club (Capon Springs, West Virginia)
Will Atkinson, “An Outline of Henry George’s Progress and Poverty” (c. 1925)
Will Atkinson, “An Outline of Henry George’s Progress and Poverty” (1927)
“Henry George’s Land Question. Abridged by Will Atkinson” (1928)
Will Atikinson, “An Outline of Henry George’s Protection or Free Trade” (1929)
Will Atkinson, “The Son of a Prophet” (undated)
Henry George, “Moses” (undated)

Civics and Equity League (Kensington, MD)
J.B. Chamberlain, “The Radical Remedy for Chronic Economic Ills” (January 21, 1934)
J.B. Chamberlain, “The Plain People vs. The Rich” (January 28, 1934)
J.B. Chamberlain, “The Iniquity of Civilization” (February 4, 1934)
J.B. Chamberlain, “The Gospel According to Abraham Lincoln” (February 11, 1934)
J.B. Chamberlain, “A Code of Economic Ethics” (undated)
J.B. Chamberlain, “Does the Church Religion Function?” (undated)
“The Misdirected Endeavor of the Church” (September 1940)
“An Appeal to the 4-H Club Members” (undated)
Civics and Equity League Pamphlet (undated)
Civics and Equity League Subscription Letter (undated)
“The Economic Crime and the Nonsense of the NRA” (undated)
“The Truth Teller and Economic Adversaria” (undated)
“What is Inside the American Skull…” (undated)
“What do you believe?” (undated)

Letters to the Editor by J.B. Chamberlain
“The Town Fund and Street Improvements” (May 25, 1927)
“Defense of Radicalism in the Saccor Case” (August 25, 1927)
“Labor-Saving Machines Not a Cause of Misery” (June 5, 1934)
Letter to the Editor of the Star (August 7, 1939)
Letter to the Editor of the Star (September 28, 1939)
Letter to the Editor of the Star (January 3, 1942)
Letter to the Editors of the Sun and Star (August 10, 1943)
Letter to the Editor of the Star (April 16, 1945)
“U.S. Plight Declared to Be a Moral Problem” (undated)

Colorado Single Tax League (Denver, Colorado)
The Colorado Single Tax Association, “Dear Friend” (May 16, 1917)
Barney Haughey, An Explanation of the Proposed Single Tax Amendment. (c. 1920)
Barney Haughey, “Our Single Tax Work in Denver” (May 28, 1929)
Barney Haughey, “Why the Big and Growing Vote for the Single Tax…” (c. 1920)

Henry George Lecture Association (Chicago, Illinois)
Frederick Monroe to Gertrude Colles (May 19, 1905)
Frederick Monroe to Alexander Mackendrick (November 11, 1915)
Margaret Madden to Robert Blakeslee (November 23, 1915)
Unsigned to Frederick Monroe (December 8, 1915)
Frederick Monroe to Alexander Mackendrick (December 13, 1915)
Frederick Monroe to Robert Blakeslee (December 13, 1915)
Frederick Monroe to Alexander Mackendrick, with editorial (January 8, 1917)
Frederick Monroe to Alexander Mackendrick (June 19, 1917)
Frederick Monroe to Franklin Blake (August 20, 1917)
Margaret Madden to Winifred Cossette (August 25, 1917)
Frederick Monroe to John L. Monroe (November 11, 1927)
Frederick Monroe to “Dear Sir” (undated)
John Z. White, Taxation (undated)
Judson Grenell, The Single Tax (undated)

Henry George Legislative Committee (New York, New York)
Walter Fairchild, “Dear Friends” (January 5, 1943)
Henry George Legislative News (March 7, 1944)
Henry George Legislative News (June 15, 1944)
Henry George Legislative News (September 6, 1944)
W.M. Mott, “Untaxing Improvements,” The American City (November 1944)
Advertisement in the Long Island Daily Press (November 8, 1944)
“A Code of Law for the Single Tax Proposal of Henry George” (undated)_2 pages
“A Code of Law for the Single Tax Proposal of Henry George” (undated)_8 pages
“A Code of Law for the Single Tax Proposal of Henry George” (undated)_4 pages
“A Code of Law for the Single Tax Proposal of Henry George” (undated)_ 12 pages

Los Angeles Single Tax League
Stoughton Cooley, “The California Situation” (April 4, 1922)
William C. de Mille, “What d’ye Mean Single Tax? (undated)
“Fools or Charlatans” (undated)

Maryland Tax Reform Association (Baltimore, Maryland)
John Salmon, American Taxation (undated)
The Story of Millionsburg: A Tale of Personal Property Taxes (undated)
What is Taxation? (undated)

Single Tax League of Texas
Common Sense (April 1923)
Common Sense (August 1923)
Common Sense (January 1929)
William A. Black, “The Problem of City Taxation” (reprinted 1934)

Single Tax Club of Spokane, Washington
Don L. Thompson, “The Great Economic Delusion” (1935)
Don L. Thompson, “Our Deluded Over-Productionists” (1935)
Don L. Thompson, “The Problem of Unemployment” (1936)
Don L. Thompson, “Legislating Prosperity for the Farmer” (1940)
Don L. Thompson, “Industrial Depressions: Are We Headed for Another One?” (1943)
Don L. Thompson, “Our Protective Tariff Racket: One Way of Subsidizing Industry” (1943)
Don L. Thompson, “The Great Economic Enigma: The “Profit” System” (1943)
Don L. Thompson, “The Job Problem: A Brief Appraisal” (1945)
Don L. Thompson, “Legislating Prosperity for the Farmer and The Back-to-the-Farm Panacea” (undated)

Single Tax Information Bureau (New York, New York)
“Two Papers on Sanitation and the Single Tax” (undated)
Thomas B. Preston, “Debate on the Single Tax” (undated)
H.F. Ring, “The Case Plainly Stated” (undated)

 

Miscellaneous Material from Other Clubs and Leagues
Ida Hubbard, “Henry George.” Read at the Conference of the Women’s Single Tax League (June 1902)

Jessie L. Lane, “Christianity and the Single Tax.” An address delivered April 12, 1912 (Women’s Single Tax Club of the District of Columbia)

Common Sense: Published When Necessary by the Rent Payers’ Protective Association (October 1912)

Platform of the Single Tax Party of Ohio. Adopted June 28, 1919

Ernest Batten, “The Single Tax: Its Progress and Purpose” (Chicago Single Tax Club, 1915)

Arizona Single Taxer: An Open Forum (February 25, 1927)

“Abolish All Taxes—except One Tax levied on the Site-Value of Land” (Ohio Site Value Taxation League, undated)

“What a Practical Application of the Single Tax…” (Ohio Single Tax League, undated)