The Single Tax and the Labor Movement
Peter Alexander Speek
[A Bulletin of the University of Wisconsin, No. 878,
The following pages are a piece of research work attempting an
historical sketch of the singletax agitation in connection with the
The first part contains four chapters: (I) Analysis of the singletax
theory; its formation and relation to the economic conditions and to
other current doctrines of the time; (II and III) Description of labor
organizations in the light of the industrial and legal relations; and
(IV) Analysis of the conditions which directly brought organized labor
into independent politics in 1886.
The second part contains six chapters, which describe the character
and analyze the events and results of the singletax agitation in the
In the treatment of the various phases of the subject it has been the
author's desire to preserve a strictly neutral point of view,
especially in the consideration of conflicts between opposing schools
or factions and their leaders.
The research has been conducted under the direction of Professor John
R. Commons, while valuable suggestions have been received from
Professor Richard T. Ely, of the University of Wisconsin.