The Anti-Rent Era in New York Law and Politics, 1839-1865

By Charles W. McCurdy | Go to book overview

© 2001 The University of North Carolina Press
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Publication of this book has been aided by generous grants
from the L. J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation
and the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
McCurdy, Charles W., 1948–
The anti-rent era in New York law and politics, 1839–1865 /
by Charles W. McCurdy.
p. cm. (Studies in legal history) Includes index.
ISBN 0-8078-2590-5 (cloth: alk. paper)
1. Landlord and tenant—New York (State)—History.
2. Rent strikes—New York (State)—History. 3. Law and
politics. I. Title. II. Series.
KFN 5145.M 33 2001 346.74704′344 dc21 00-030263

05 04 03 02 01 5 4 3 2 1

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Studies in Legal History *
  • Title Page *
  • For Sharon *
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Maps *
  • Preface xiii
  • The Anti-Rent Era in New York Law and Politics, 1839–1865 *
  • 1 - Governor Seward and the Manor of Rensselaerwyck 1
  • 2 - Whig Reconnaissance 32
  • 3 - The Politics of Evasion 56
  • 4 - The Trouble with Democrats 78
  • 5 - Depression-Era Constitutionalism 104
  • 6 - Signs of War 128
  • 7 - Resistance and Reform 156
  • 8 - Political Crossroads 182
  • 9 - A Cacophony of Voices 205
  • 10 - Democratic Futility 234
  • 11 - Whig Resolution 260
  • 12 - Enmeshed in Law 287
  • 13 - The End of an Era 316
  • Notes 337
  • Index 387
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