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What New York Owes Vermont: A Debate

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11/02/2005

In 1791, when New York was all that stood in the way of Vermont becoming a state, New York demanded - and got - $30,000 from Vermont for its "yes" vote. New Yorkers say it was "payment for damages." Vermonters say - extortion! That was $30,000 in 1791 dollars - What would it be worth today? Decide for yourself as Frank Bryan, representing Vermont, debates John Kaminski, representing New York. Also participating are Neil Stout, Emeritus, History, University of Vermont, and Hon. John Dooley, Vermont Supreme Court.

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