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Land and Freedom Rural Society, Popular Protest, and Party Politics in Antebellum New Yorkby Huston, Reeve
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Retail Price: $35.00
Issue: Summer 2001
Between 1839-1846, an anti-rent movement flourished in New York's Capital District, as tenant farmers rebelled against the region's large landowners, many of whom retained colonial-era land patents and grants. Inspired by Jacksonian populism, militant tenants demanded land redistribution and political reform. Land and Freedom records the story of New York's early settlement and gradual democratization. Author Reeve Huston concludes that the anti-renters influenced the incipient Republican Party's later adoption of "free labor" and anti-slavery planks.