the sixteenth amendment not properly ratified?

A lot of people seem to write about that, claiming procedural error. That’s not what I care about, actually.

I am interested to know why people in the late 19th century clamored for an income tax. It seems strange. It looks like the farm lobby in the West at that time wanted a graduated tax to redistribute income, so I can understand some states being for an income tax, but three-quarters of the states? It seems difficult even to raise tax rates today, so where were the “tax protestors” back then?

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