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The Dorr War: Treason, Rebellion, and the Fight for Reform in Rhode Island
Thursday, May 19, 2011
12:00 AM-6:30 PM
John Brown House Museum
52 Power Street
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Noted Providence tour guide Rory Raven discusses his latest book The Dorr War: Treason, Rebellion and the Fight for Reform in Rhode Island.
In 1841, when a charter allowed only white landowners to vote in Rhode Island, Thomas Dorr challenged what he saw as a deeply flawed state government. Called a "dull speaker" even by his closest friends, the idealistic Dorr nonetheless managed to spearhead the newly formed People's Convention and become its governor-elect. Dorr's actions pitted him against then governor Samuel Ward King, inciting a rebellion marked by local violence and debate on a national scale. Raven's vibrant account makes the "Dorr War" both accessible and remarkably relevant to our current historical moment.
Rory Raven conducts the popular Providence Ghost Walk tour and performs at venues across the country as a mentalist and mindbender. He is also the author of Haunted Providence: Strange Tales from the Smallest State and Wicked Conduct: The Minister, the Mill Girl, and the Murder that Captivated Old Rhode Island.