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St. Valentine’s Blues: Singles, Marriage and the Politics of Taxation in 1960s America

Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 7 – 8:30pm

St. Valentine’s Blues: Singles, Marriage and the Politics of Taxation in 1960s America

A lecture by Prof Romain D. Huret (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences and Center for North American Studies in Paris)  organised by the Department of History. 

Taxes might not be the most romantic subject to consider in the lead-up to Valentine's Day, but the differential taxation of single people is a topic of considerable historical importance. This talk describes the little-known mobilization of unmarried men and women in the United States in the 1960s. They protested against the tax penalty for singles that was implemented after World War Two. Through a close look at letters and petitions sent by anonymous singles, it sheds new light on both their living conditions and daily discrimination.

Accessibility: Yes
Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Type: Alumni, Lectures and Seminars, Public, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free

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