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The State, A Journal of Politics and Opinion

The State, A Journal of Politics and Opinion, San Francisco. Each issue, four pages. 20.5" x 13". Issues: Vol.1, No.1, April 5, 1879-VOl.1, No. 11, June 14, 1879. Pages bound in half red leather over red thick red paper boards with marbled endpapers. Front cover gold stamped: THE STATE / ornament / Geo. C. Perkins. The State, edited by journalist, economist and social reformer, Henry George, came out the same year as his landmark best-selling book, Progress and Poverty. Because of the land monopolies dominated the railroad barons, he argued, the promise of California was no more. To equalize California, George, through his book and newspaper promoted the revolutionary concept of the "single-tax", whereby only land would be taxed and that private property should be abolished. In his "Salutatory" George stated, "I commence herewith the publication of a Democratic paper." A major theme in his newspaper was the opposition to the new state constitution which George believed only worsened the condition of the ordinary laborer in favor of the economic elite. However, the state legislature ratified the new constitution on May 7, 1879. Despite his best efforts, reform did not occur and George took his message and family to New York City in 1880.

The McClatchy copy was owned by California governor George Clement Perkins. A Republican, he served as governor 1880-1883, first to work under the new constitution.

References: Hart, James D., A Companion to California: Oxford University Press, 1978; p.157; Walker, Franklin, San Francisco's Literary Frontier, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939, p. 292-304. 

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Pages show damp staining along the top and right edges; minor tears. Newsprint in good condition. Binding has stain on the upper front and rear corners and shows wear marks on the backstop and edges.  Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing materials for pick ups.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
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