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  Tariff Reform William G. Sumner  

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The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
VOLUME XVII. Later National Literature, Part II.

XXI. Political Writing Since 1850.

§ 23. David A. Wells.


The pioneer was David A. Wells,  14  chairman of the Revenue Commission which made recommendations for a readjustment of national finances from a war to a peace basis. His examination of conditions in the United States caused a radical reaction in his views; from a protectionist he became a violent anti-protectionist. His report to Congress in 1870 was extremely free trade in tone, and deserves a place with that of Jenckes on the civil service as indicating the dawn of a new political thought, while his Creed of a Free Trader (1875) more definitely set forth his convictions.   31

Note 14. See Book III, Chap. XXIV. [ back ]

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