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Alfred H. Stone Collection
Volume: 12

25A. Thaddeus Stevens, The Tax Bill. Speech of Hon. Thaddeus Stevens, of Pennsylvania, in the House of Representatives, April 8, 1862 (Washington, DC: Scammell & Co., 1862). (4 p.)

Speech in favor of a measure that would authorize an income tax to finance the deployment of Union forces during the Civil War. The speaker ends his speech with these observations. “While the rich and the thrifty will be obliged to contribute largely from the abundance of their means, we have the consolation to know that no burdens have been imposed on the industrious laborer and mechanic; that the food of the poor is untaxed; and that no one will be affected by provisions of this bill whose living depends solely on his manual labor.”