The Tumultuous Founding of the New York Anti-Slavery Society
Bluestockings (172 Allen St., Manhattan)
On October 21, 1835 delegates from across New York State gathered in Utica with the serious intention of founding a state-wide Anti-Slavery Society. But an anti-abolition riot brewed in the streets. In the name of ending slavery, leaders of Utica, “gentlemen of property and standing,” swore to stop the convention. Sinnott explains how Utica’s own riot puts the politics of the young nation, headed inexorable toward a bloody Civil War, into sharp focus. Sinnott is a screenwriter, essayist, and book reviewer who splits her time between New York City and the Catskill Mountains.