Presented by Dr. Christopher Clark, professor of history, University of Connecticut
Prior to the advent of the Civil War there were important adaptations in local agriculture, and a significant expansion of commerce and manufacturing as this region engaged in national economic developments. For many families and individuals, these changes brought upheavals; some moved away to pursue opportunities elsewhere, while new immigrants from Ireland, Canada and elsewhere began to settle in the Valley’s towns and farmlands.
Drawing on case-studies from local libraries and archives, this talk will explore the significant changes to peoples’ lives that accompanied the growth and transformation of the Connecticut Valley’s economy in the half-century or so before the American Civil War.
Christopher Clark is a Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. Three of his books are about the Connecticut Valley region: The Roots of Rural Capitalism: Western Massachusetts, 1780-1860; The Communitarian Moment: The Radical Challenge of the Northampton Community; and, edited with Kerry W. Buckley, Letters from an American Utopia.
Co-sponsored by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association