About Ray Raphael

Ray Raphael is an American historian and author of sixteen books. He is noted for his work on the American Revolution and the regional history of Northern California. Ray Raphael's most recent books are Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive (Knopf, 2012) and Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right (The New Press, forthcoming in March). His earlier books include Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow with Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. A full booklist and much more can be found on his website, rayraphael.com
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The Income Tax Amendment Turns 100 and It’s Worth Celebrating

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The Income Tax Turns 100 and It’s Worth Celebrating
It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and I’ll be joining America’s favorite party later this afternoon. This morning, though, I’m celebrating a less popular institution: the federal income tax. Today marks the centennial of the Sixteenth Amendment, which wrote that tax into the Constitution. Why do I feel so alone? Nobody likes the income tax. Some self-professed…
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