"The Working Man Between Two Fires," Judge, 1886.
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Henry George cartoon

Credit: Judge

After publication of Progress and Poverty in 1879, Philadelphia-born Henry George became one of the most famous men in America. To remedy the growing extremes of wealth and poverty produced by America's booming industrial economy, George proposed a single tax on land. "Georgism" as it became known, won many followers, especially among American workers--represented in this 1886 cartoon by the laborer in the middle--and many enemies, including the Catholic Church. New York Archbishop Corrigan, here held back by the worker, holds a Pastoral Letter condemning the studious George, who sits on the left amidst his books and manuscripts.

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