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Labor, Learning & Politics: The Irish in the Gilded Age Albany

  • Dates: September 29, 2022
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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    The Gilded Age was a period of gross materialism and political corruption which began after the Civil War and lasted through the turn of the 20th century. This talk will explore the lives of Irish Americans in Albany at that time. Many were still struggling to support themselves, working as laborers, maids, and often dealing with anti-Catholic resentment. However, there was a growing sense of solidarity and power within the group as many were lifted out of poverty and became involved in politics and civil service. The Irish were increasingly involved in labor, politics, and education while navigating the pitfalls of this most interesting of times!
    This talk is part of the series, Glimpses of the Gilded Age, from Historic Cherry Hill, given by Elizabeth Stack, PhD at the Irish American Heritage Museum and streamed on our Youtube:

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