|If Christ Came to Chicago, Appendix C: Some Curiosities of Chicago Assessments, 1894
In his 1894 book, If Christ Came to Chicago, British journalist William T. Stead openly condemned the city and many of its political and economic leaders for their embrace of and acquiescence to corruption of all kinds. The inequities of the tax assessment system that allowed the politically connected, including the three men Stead identified as the "Chicago Trinity" of Prairie Avenue residents -- Marshall Field, Philip D. Armour, and George M. Pullman -- to pay lower taxes than ordinary citizens, was especially galling to Stead and other reformers.
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