Zinn Chapter 10 Summary

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Chapter 10 the other civil war

Chapter 10 describes a behind the scenes war between the people of the United states that is not often mentioned or spoken about. The problems the nation had besides the actual Civil War. The Anti Rent movement and Dorr’s Rebellion An incident sparked huge controversy in the Hudson River Valley , near Albany New York. It was the Anti Rent movement where tenants in New York decided to revolt against their patroon leaders which were landlords performing feudalism. The landlords were making laws and and doing what they pleases to the tenants and finally they became fed up and decided to take matters into their own hands. This shocked and caught landlords by surprise and had no Idea what to do. These landlords were high in society aristocratic men so when they were in trouble the government and local officials had no choice but to back them up. The police and government challenged the tenants made what the were doing illegal and imprisoned many of the movement’s leaders. The consensus was that they could not just use force to get what they wanted but needed to take a diplomatic approach, and that is exactly what they did. That was not the only thing that was angering citizens in that time period but so was the voting system especially the electoral college voting system. Thomas Dorr a lawyer from a high middle class family sought to change that with a movement called the suffrage movement which was to reform the electoral college. Him and other Rhode Island citizens organized their own "People's Convention" and drafted a new constitution without property qualifications for voting. Following this they even had their own election of governor which Dorr won unopposed but had all of the Nation on its toes about this new rebellion trying to overcome the government from within it was a horrible and naive plan that was stopped right away once they tried to use force but it reached the Supreme court and was ruled unconstitutional if...
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