1841

Dorr's Rebellion

In Rhode Island, a protest for voting rights without property qualifications. May 3, 1842 the Rhode Island Suffrage Associations held an inauguration for their governor, who had won a large quantity of votes from the citizens. Martial law declared by the government already in power. When presented to the Supreme Court of the U.S. in the 1849 case Luther vs. Borden the court rules that they would not involve themselves with such local matters.

". . . Dorr's Rebellion is not usually found in textbooks on United States history. In these books, given to millions of young Americans, there is little on class struggle in the nineteenth century." (p. 211)