Armed protest in RI over voting rights.

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Was a short-lived armed protest in Rhode Island led by Thomas Wilson Dorr, who was demanding for changes to the state's electoral system. State militia mobilized but no fighting resulted.


Voting was favoring farmers when the Industrial Revolution swept the North; large numbers of people who lived in the city could no longer vote, thus angering them (they did not own land) in RI. It was so bad that by 1829, 60% of the state's free white men were not allowed to vote. The Rebellion did result in the creation of a new state constitution which lessened the requirements to vote and even allowed any race to vote, all for a simple poll tax of $1.

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