Leaning into the Storm: Perfectionism in Antebellum New York
Presented by Robert W. Arnold III
Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
At the Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305
New York State was a place of rapid change in the antebellum era, an epicenter of social reform movements, inspired largely by Yankee immigrants from New England. Uncertainties associated with revolutions in transportation, finance, communications, and industry were reflected in movements such as temperance, abolition, women’s rights, dress-, prison- and educational reform. Changes in communities struggling to absorb thousands of Irish and German immigrants concerned native New Yorkers whose world already was in social turmoil. Reform movements were shifts in the state’s emotional and intellectual climate as the nation drifted toward war.
Robert W. Arnold III is a career public historian now retired from the NYS Archives. He was Albany County Historian and an historical archaeologist and serves as a Commissioner of Historic Resources for the City of Albany. Arnold currently teaches history at the College of Saint Rose and Excelsior College.
For more information, please contact Librarian Melissa Tacke at 518-374-0263, option 3, or by email at email@example.com. The Schenectady County Historical Society is wheelchair accessible, with off-street parking behind the building and overflow parking next door at the YWCA.