Journals Higher Education



Published: 20 June 2002

306 Pages | 27 halftones & maps

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195158229

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Land and Freedom

Rural Society, Popular Protest, and Party Politics in Antebellum New York

Reeve Huston

During the early nineteenth century, a quarter of a million tenants farmed the great estates of New York. Beginning in 1839, at least twenty five thousand of those tenants joined the "anti-rent" movement and began a decade-long fight to destroy the great estates and distribute the land among those who farmed it. One of the most powerful popular movements of the antebellum era and the largest American farmers' movement before the Civil War, the Anti-Rent Wars changed the face of society and politics in New York and the nation, influencing the ideas and careers of such national insight. It conveys the broad contours of the anti-rent movement while grounding that picture in a detailed analysis of social and political change.