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Pamphlet]. Defense of Rhode Island, Her Institutions, and Her Right to Her Representatives in Congress. Speech of Hon. Henry B. Anthony, of Rhode Island, in the Senate of the United States, February, 1881.

Anthony, Henry B.-

Published by Washington, DC. [US Government Printing Office] 1881., 1881
Soft cover
From Gadshill (Providence, RI, U.S.A.)

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First Edition. Pages 35 pp.8vo. Printed purple paper wraps. First Edition. Henry B. Anthony was a prominent native and citizen of Rhode Island, a graduate of Brown University in 1833, and US Senator. The state had a long history of restriction of suffrage based on ownership of property, a principle attacked in the failed Dorr Rebellion of 1842 which tried to enlarge the base of suffrage. Again in 1881, other states and many citizens of Rhode Island attacked the limited suffrage. In Congress motions were made to lessen Rhode Island's representation in the House. Henry B. Anthony, in this long speech, attacks his attackers and defends Rhode Island's historical precedent. In his arguments he uses time honored Rhode Island principles: Rhode Island is peculiar and is entitled to its peculiarities, no matter how unjust. For critics from within Rhode Island, he announces that most of them came to Rhode Island uninvited and there is noone restraining their departure ( "Love it or leave it!"). For the rest of the country, it is not their business who votes in Rhode Island. He cites many historical precedents and present day ideas and facts to support his arguments. The issue is clearly a continuation in the issues of the Dorr War, not to be resolved until the passage of more nearly universal suffrage. The hostility to outside influences and opinions and the demand for the respect for its peculiarities, especially constitutional and political, have not you been abandoned, even into this new millenium.Signed in stamp on front end paper: "Compliments oif H. B. Anthony." Wraps faded. Few pages (lower corner) dog-eared. Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 9067

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Title: Pamphlet]. Defense of Rhode Island, Her ...

Publisher: Washington, DC. [US Government Printing Office] 1881.

Publication Date: 1881

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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