Roger W. Hecht Publishes Book

Roger W. Hecht (English) published a book through the Delaware County Historical Association. Freemen Awake!: Rally Songs & Poems from New York’s Anti-Rent Movement is an edited collection of nearly three dozen songs and poems written by farmers and their supporters during New York’s Anti-Rent War in the 1840s. The Anti-Rent War was a seven-year-long rent-strike staged by tenant farmers against the state’s most powerful landholding families. The poems, culled from Anti-Rent newspapers, offer insights into the emotional and imaginative foundation of the Anti-Rent movement. Professor Hecht edited the collection and wrote the historical/critical introduction.