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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, 2 million acres of New York's farmland were controlled by a handful of great families, such as the Van Rensselaers and the Livingstons. Some 260,000 men, women, and children—a twelfth of the population of New York, the nation's most populous state—worked this land as tenants. Beginning in 1839, these tenants created a movement dedicated to destroying the estates and distributing the land to those who farmed it. The “anti-rent” movement quickly became one of the most powerful and influential movements of the antebellum era. The anti-renters raised issues tha ... More

Keywords: New York, farmland, tenants, anti-rent movement, Republican Party, democracy, freedom, estates, politics, America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195136005
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195136005.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reeve Huston, author
University of Arizona, Tuscon