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The Anti-Rent Era in New York Law and Politics, 1839-1845

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A compelling blend of legal and political history, this book chronicles the largest tenant rebellion in U.S. history. From its beginning in the rural villages of eastern New York in 1839 until its collapse in 1865, the Anti-Rent movement impelled the state's governors, legislators, judges, and journalists, as well as delegates to New York's bellwether constitutional convention of 1846, to wrestle with two difficult problems of social policy. One was how to put down violent tenant resistance to the enforcement of landlord property and contract rights. The second was how to abolish the archaic form of land tenure at the root of the rent strike.

Charles McCurdy considers the public debate on these questions from a fresh perspective. Instead of treating law and politics as dependent variables--as mirrors of social interests or accelerators of social change--he highlights the manifold ways in which law and politics shaped both the pattern of Anti-Rent violence and the drive for land reform. In the process, he provides a major reinterpretation of the ideas and institutions that diminished the promise of American democracy in the supposed "golden age" of American law and politics.

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ISBN:
9780807857656
Author:
Mccurdy, Charles W.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
McCurdy, Charles W.
Subject:
Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Government - State & Provincial
Subject:
Law-Legal Guides and Reference
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Studies in Legal History
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.21x6.14x.88 in. 1.33 lbs.

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History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century

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