Lansing, Mich. Robert Smith & Co., 1891. Third edition, revised and expanded. The Lansing-based publishing company L. Thompson printed the first edition in 1887 and the second edition in 1888. The second edition was 96 pages and considerably expanded from the 85-page first edition; this third edition seems to have been expanded further. Based on information from OCLC, the third edition appears to include the most extensive version of the text. All editions are scarce, with only one copy of the 1887 edition listed on OCLC (at Pennsylvania State University), 7 copies of the 1888 edition, and 6 copies of the present 1891 edition. Chipping to wrappers and some creasing, and back of wrappers missing. A bit of light foxing and some creasing to corners of leaves, but very clean overall. A good, sound copy of a scarce item. Original printed brown paper wrappers with decorative border. Small octavo (4 inches by 5 inches). [1-9], 10-112 pp. Item #16718
In Seven Financial Conspiracies, Sarah E. Van De Vort Emery (1838-1895) aimed to inform Americans about the economic systems, like corrupt banks (pp. 28-36), that kept “the great rich men, whom Thomas Jefferson called ‘the traitorous classes’” in power and continued to disenfranchise working class people (p. 86). Emery also advocates for graduated income tax and states that “I think a man with ten thousand dollars income should pay more taxes than a man without income. The original Republican party enacted such a law; but, as the party fell from grace and became the servant and champion of the money power, the graduated income tax was repealed, relieving the rich, while the war tax burdens of the poor have been retained,” (p. 98).
Sarah E. Van De Vort Emery (1838-1895) was a suffragist, Populist, and a prominent member of both the Farmers’ Alliance and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. She was a Universalist, an advocate for prison and asylum reform, and a dedicated opponent of capital punishment. Some of Emery’s important works included the pamphlet Imperialism and America (1893) and her monthly Populist newspaper The Corner Stone, which she edited and published between 1893 and 1894. In the preface to the present item, Emery writes, “A revolution is upon us. Let us see to it that it is wrought by ballots – rather than bullets,” (p. ).