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Simon Fish, A Supplication of Beggars, and Sir Thomas More

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My Country – Simon Fish A major component of An Almanac of Liberty is British history, specifically religious history. Simon Fish wrote an attack on monasteries and the Roman Catholic Church. The tract was A Supplication of Beggars. Fish called the clergy “sturdy, idle, holy thieves.” He argued that they collected vast wealth for over 400 years through …

Property Requirements, Voting, and the Plymouth Oration

My Country – Property Requirements for Voting In April 1821, Massachusetts began a movement to remove property requirements for voters. According to A Constitutional History of the American People, 1776-1850, Volume 1, by Francis Newton Thorpe, “the landless man, it was though, could not be trusted.” Generally, our founding fathers considered property as the basis of …