Chapter 10 Of Zinn's Peoples History Of The United States

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Register to read the introduction… Readers are drug thru the hard and difficult times of tenants who revolted in New York during the 19th century. This journey begins with the angry tenants of the massive Rensselaer estate. These tenants were repulsed with the rent that was needed to be paid, why would these tenants pay rent when their landlord is extremely wealthily? A quote by one of the tenants stated this wrote about the Rensselaer man and his living, "swill his wine, loll on his cushions, fill his life with society, food, and culture, and ride his barouche and five saddle horses along the beautiful river valley and up to the backdrop of the mountain." (Zinn's Peoples history of the United States). The tenants were fed up with the conditions. "Farmers could be ejected from the land for failure to pay the rent even if they had enough personal property to pay said rent. Evidence could be found in some parts of the Anti-Rent areas that the landlords did not have legal title to the land they were renting. The farmer paid all taxes; the landowners paid nothing to support state and local government. "(Anti-Rent war or conflict: farmers: Daily Life in …show more content…
the tenants have organized themselves into a body, and resolved not to pay any more rent until they can be redressed of their grievances. . . . The tenants now assume the right of doing to their landlord as he has for a long time done with them, viz: as they please. You need not think this to be children's play... . if you come out in your official capacity ... I would not pledge for your safe return. ... A Tenant." (Zinns's A peoples history of the United States). The tenants formed into one community of anti-renters. "Modeling themselves after the patriots who instigated the Boston Tea Party, they disguised themselves as "Indians" and caused much grief to law enforcement officials and landlords." (Anti-Rent war or conflict: farmers: Daily Life in Antebellum). They wore Calico Indian consumes to symbolize the original ownership of the land during the Boston Tea Party, they used a Tin horn to represent the Indian call to arms, and morphed into an army to stand for what they believed in. Soon, they were armed with 10,000 men ready to start a movement. This movement lead to many other countries along the Hudson participating in the same …show more content…
The governor at the time sent in troops to control the situation, thus putting many of the anti-renters in jail. This is where we being to hear about an important figure, Smith Boughton, he was a rebellious leader in the time period. He stole papers form the sheriff, working his way to a jail life sentence. Smith was just one of the serval act outs during this time period., among many other farmers who were sent to serve jail time. A rise in the Anti-Rent movement took a rise when a favored Anti-Rent governor was elected. This specific governor promised to release everyone that had been thrown in jail, during this time,a s he did so. This added fuel to the

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