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Richard Welch via Zoom

New York and the Civil War historian Richard Welch will examine for us the crucial role played by the Empire State during the conflict, emphasizing Long Island’s contributions as they apply. Both the military and home front developments, and their many interconnections, will be presented in this informative PowerPoint program which will begins with an overview of the socio-political situation, and turn to the key topics of recruitment, volunteering, the draft, and the economic effects of the war on the Island and state. Dissent, including the convulsive Draft Riots, will be discussed, as will the efforts by civilians on the home front to support and promote the war effort. An overview of the service of New York, especially Long Island troops, will be provided. Lastly, memory and commemoration will be covered as well. This program contains much of the information we may have failed to learn in our history classes, so don’t miss it!


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About the lecturer(s)

Richard F. Welch

Richard F. Welch received his doctorate in history from Stony Brook University. He taught American history at Long Island University and Farmingdale State College. He was editor of the Long Island Forum from 1991 to 2014, and a contributing editor of the Journal of Long Island History. The author of numerous articles and reviews, he has written seven books, the most recent being Long Island’s Gold Coast Warriors. The North Shore Elite and World War One (2021). He was also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of New York State. He served as a trustee of the Suffolk County Historical Society 2008-2024.

Lecture Details



1 lecture(s)
Day & Time

Thursday, 10:30 -12:00 noon

Jul 18, 2024