Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 1945-1975

 
Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 1945-1975 by Julian Zelizer
Published: 
January, 1999
ISBN: 
978-0521621663
Publisher: 
Cambridge University Press

Taxing America provides the first historical study of Wilbur Daigh Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 1958 to 1974. The work of Mills, an extremely influential politician between 1945 and 1975, offers considerable insights into the evolution of income taxation, Social Security and Medicare—three policies at the center of today's political debates. Unlike the existing historical scholarship, Zelizer's book focuses on the role of Congress, rather than the executive branch, in the evolution of the welfare state during this seminal period.

Area of Interest: 
Economic History
Political History
Period: 
20th Century
Region: 
United States