The Dorr Rebellion (73 words)

Historical Context Note

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The rebellion led by Thomas Dorr in Rhode Island had arisen over the establishment of a new constitution. To protest Rhode Island's outdated charter of 1663 which restricted voting rights to property holders and their oldest sons, Thomas Dorr and his supporters unsuccessfully attempted to capture the armory at Providence. A new Constitution was subsequently adopted that granted the vote to citizens who paid a $1 poll tax or owned at least $134 in real estate.

Editors. "The Dorr Rebellion". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2010
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