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The remarkable story of the bloody conflict that erupted in 1841 Rhode Island over allowing non-property owners to vote. The portly Rhode Island aristocrat was hardly the image of the people's champion-but in 1841, Thomas Dorr became just that. At a time when only white male landowners could vote, the idealistic Dorr envisioned a more democratic state. In October of that year, the People's Convention ratified a new constitution that extended...
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