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Land and FreedomRural Society, Popular Protest, and Party Politics in Antebellum New York$
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Reeve Huston

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195136005

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136005.001.0001

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Origins of the Anti-Rent Movement, 1839–1844

Origins of the Anti-Rent Movement, 1839–1844

(p.87) Chapter 4 Origins of the Anti-Rent Movement, 1839–1844
Land and Freedom

Reeve Huston

Oxford University Press

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

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