Anti-Dam Violence on the Merrimack River and its Tributaries, Fall 1859

What might explain residents’ anger about the Lake Company dam?  What did they try to do to resolve the problems the dam was supposedly causing?  What does this say about their view of industrial manufacturing and how the law applied to corporations?  How did the corporations protect their interests?

Citation: 
“Trouble at Lake Village,” Winnipesaukee Gazette, October 1, 1859 and “Attempt to Blow Up,” Laconia Democrat, November 1859.
Library Item date: 
1859