Taxation - Poverty - Wealth
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
This report would have been of interest and would have brought satisfaction to those Democrats who opposed the huge growth of federal power during the Civil War, including taxation and the issuance of greenback currency. The dire predictions of the effects of the national debt include longstanding high taxation and depression of purchasing power. Throughout the war, this newspaper's editor had speculated on the Lincoln administration's unconstitutional powers, and on their designs to seize or tax the mines of Idaho and Washington.
The Walla Walla Statesman reports the conclusions of a "loyal" editorialist in a "loyal" journal, that the United States will never recover from the financial consequences of the Civil War.
Walla Walla Statesman
Walla Walla W.T.: R.R. and S.G. Rees
Vol. IV, IV, No. 35, p. 1, col. F
Washington Secretary of State: Historic Newspapers