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The History of the Fight for Economic Equality in the United States

As Americans debate the future, it’s worth remembering that the Founders believed that the republic depended upon a rough equality of wealth.

Americans are increasingly worried about the rising tide of economic inequality, as fewer control more wealth.

  • Daniel Mandell
  • The National Interest

For the origins of these concerns, commentators usually point to the Gilded Age at the end of the 19th century, when a few men gained immense wealth and power in the U.S. and…

But fears of great wealth and the need for economic equality go back to the country’s origins.

  • Wealth as a danger to the nation

By the 1700s…

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