Henry George

Clarence Darrow became an ardent supporter of Henry George and his "single tax" policy after reading George's 1879 book "Progress and Poverty" which made him famous and started a political movement in the United States built around his work. George later almost won election as mayor of New York. George believed government should be funded only from a "single tax" levied on the unimproved value of land. This would be the value of the land in its natural state without any man-made improvements such as buildings. This was not an entirely new concept as George borrowed from the works of David Ricardo, James Mill, and John Stuart Mill. George was enormously popular in Britain. Darrow joined the Single Tax Club soon after arriving in Chicago. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-37132