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Program Information

Program name: Race and the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1821: Debating Civil Rights
Program category: History
Multicultural- Other
Program length: 60 minutes
Audience level: All ages
Audience size:
Program description: In 1821, meetings took place in Albany, New York to revise the state's constitution. In the course of the meetings, numerous surprisingly frank and open discussions were carried on that related to feelings about race, at a time when some blacks in the state were still enslaved. The question was: should blacks be allowed to vote on the same footing as whites? The discussions were tinged with both fear and a spirit of egalitarianism. Some were afraid of the political power blacks might be able to exercise, while others felt that allowing all blacks to vote would make up for what the race had suffered under slavery. In the end, the egalitarians lost, and the new constitution allowed white males to vote who did not own property (removing an existing restriction), but added language that effectively disenfranchised most blacks. Blacks who did not own property were not able to vote in New York until after the Civil War.
Space/special requirements:
Travel restrictions:
Program fee: $101- $200
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? No
If no, cost per mile: $0.50
Notes about the fee: Travel expenses to be worked out for venues outside NYS Capital District
Other notes: I am flexible.
Regions this program
can be performed in:
Western
Rochester
Central
South Central
Capital District
North Country
Metro
Southeastern
Long Island
Program last updated: 01/06/2017
   
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Performer name: David Fiske
Phone: 518-577-4997
Mailing address:
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
E-mail address: info@fiskeresearch.com
Website: http://fiskeresearch.com
   
Previous appearances at: New York State Library, Schenectady County Public Library, Saratoga Springs History Museum, Solomon Northup Day, Saratoga Springs, Rensselaerville Festival of Writers
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Performer information last updated: 01/06/2017

 

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