Behind the News

Is work from home here to stay? And the Confederate roots of the concept “taxpayer”

Economist Réka Juhász looks at the move from home to factory in early 19th century for precedents for today’s move to working from home: will it stick? And Brookings fellow Vanessa Williamson explores the roots of the concept of “taxpayers,” popular in conservative discourse, in Southern elites’ successful efforts to disenfranchise black citizens and undo Reconstruction in the 1870s.

photo: Glenn Carstens-Peters via Unsplash


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