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Origins of the Anti-Rent Movement, 1839–1844

Reeve Huston

in Land and Freedom

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780195136005
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848782 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136005.003.0005
Origins of the Anti-Rent Movement, 1839–1844

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In matters that were capable of dividing manor communities, tenants carefully chose leaders who represented all groups in their towns. Committee members represented all the major ethnic groups of the Helderbergs. In partisan loyalties, too, the committee drew from all segments of the manor towns. The majority in favor of Democrats resembled partisan preferences in the Helderbergs. By the beginning of 1845, the anti-rent movement had become a powerful force. With organizations in 11 counties, six of their own nominees in the state Assembly, and the beginnings of an effective political organization, anti-renters were now in a position to wield enormous influence in New York state. With that influence, they injected their ideas about land and their distinctive vision of free labor into public life.

Keywords: manor; communities; tenants; towns; Helderbergs; Democrats; anti-rent movement; counties; New York; free labor

Chapter.  8584 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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