Today’s headlines are largely rooted in the Progressive Era. The years 1890-1920 produced sweeping reforms and profound change in American life, especially in New York State. Reacting to the great inequalities from the Gilded Age, reformers pressed for laws for better housing, women’s suffrage, personal income tax, labor protections, and far more. The era saw innovative ways of combatting social issues like the Settlement House movement. An unlikely alliance of reformers and Protestant ministers also passed Prohibition laws. Land preservation and animal rights were considered for the first time. Author Paul Kaplan will take us on a journey through these social movements, exposing their nuances and little-known dissenting voices. Historic photos, archived video, and poetry about and from that period will bring this era alive.

Paul Kaplan writes under 3 series: Cultural Guides, Social History & Biographies, and Business Technology Marketing, with 7 published books from History Press, Pelican, and Quill Driver Books. He has given over 55 talks globally for venues including the Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Union League clubs, historic libraries and associations, schools, businesses, and private events. He has been featured on CBS Miami, PBS, and numerous radio shows including Writer’s Voice and America’s Dining and Travel, and in New York Press, Amsterdam New York, Princeton Magazine. He earned a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale College and an MBA from Yale School of Management. He enjoys traveling, having visited six continents and all 50 US states. Kaplan has worked in marketing for over 20 years for publishing, financial and technology companies.

Thursday, February 10, 2022
6:00 pm
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