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The Close of the Late Rebellion in Rhode Island. An Extract from a Letter by A Massachusetts Man Resident in Providence

Pamphlet]. [Jewett,Charles C.]

Published by Providence, R. I. B. Cranston & Co. ., 1842
From Gadshill (Providence, RI, U.S.A.)

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16 pp. 8vo. The Dorr War was the most dramatic and angry political battle in America before the Civil War. It began as an attempt to ceate political reform in Rhode Island, a state which still operated under a 17th century charter with restrictive voting privileges. Residues of the radical spirit of the American Revolution stimulated efforts to expand the suffrage, as the Industrial Revolution led to decline in property ownership and loss of voting rights. This pressure grew and in the early 1840’s became a radical movement under Thomas Wilson Dorr. A People’s Convention elected Dorr Governor, in opposition to the Charter-elected Governor King. Dorr, in May, 1842 went to Washington to seek government help for his movement from President Tyler, Daniel Webster and others, without success. He had earlier sent Burrington Anthony, former US Marshal, to seek this help. On Dorr’s return, hoping for support from New York, he untruthfully promised the citizens such help as he marched in front of a crowd of 1000, 300 of them armed, with a military band blaring in front. He addressed the large crowd, unsheathed a sword and promised violent retribution. This parade helped radicalize the movement and armed conflict later broke out. The rebels were subsequently suppressed and Dorr imprisoned. The parade was a turning point in the rebellion and is best described in this anonymous pamphlet prematurely announcing the end of the rebellion, published by Charles C. Jewett. Jewett "was librarian of Brown University, a center of anti-Dorr sentiment. University President Francis Wayland and William G. Goddard Professor of Moral Philosophy, were both ardent anrti-Dorrites." (Gettleman) Mild foxing. Else, Very Good. Uncommon. Gettleman, "The Dorr Rebellion", pp. 116–7, Note 37. Mowry, 176, ff. AmImp 42–2672. Bookseller Inventory # 10541

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Title: The Close of the Late Rebellion in Rhode ...

Publisher: Providence, R. I. B. Cranston & Co. .

Publication Date: 1842

Binding: Removed. Self-covered. Sewn.

Edition: First Edition,

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