1865, 1913, … 2012?

By: May 03, 2011

Several years ago historian Jay Winik wrote a fascinating book titled, “April, 1865: The Month that Saved America.”  Winik’s argument was that American history dramatically changed in that one month. Grant secured the final Union victory in the Civil War and the nation reunited despite  the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

To my mind, the year 1913 is deserving of an e-book of its own in the Voices of the Tea Party series, if not a hard copy book as well.

Look at all the things that happened in 1913:

1. Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as President.

2. The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 established the Federal Reserve System

3. The 16th Amendment, authorizing a Federal Income Tax, was ratified, and the Revenue  Act of 1913, the first of many laws instituting our current income tax, was enacted.

4. The 17th Amendment, which provided for the direct election US Senators, was ratified.

5. Historian Charles Beard published his attack on the ideological motivation of our Founding Fathers with his book An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States.  For the next 40 years, Beard’s revisionist history dominated American academia.

Those five changes significantly altered the course of our history, and not entirely in a good way.

How and why all this came to fruition in the single year – 1913 – and how a ‘fundamental change’ of the United States might again be underway a century later in 2012 is a fascinating topic, and well worth a Voices of the Tea Party e-book

Christina Botteri is a co-founder of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, and is the social media strategist behind the successful launch of the Tea Party movement in February, March, and April of 2009. She can be reached on Twitter atChristinaKb .

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