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Deirdre Sinnott's talk at Utica's Abolition History Day Celebration, October 21, 2015.

In the dusty streets of Utica, New York, on October 21st, 1835, shouts of "treason" and "fanatics" rang out. Nationally-known abolitionists like Lewis Tappan, Gerrit Smith, and David Ruggles, along with activists from across New York State, had all gathered for the founding convention of the New York Anti-Slavery Society.

A committee of 25 proper Uticans, backed up rowdier denizens of the emerging city, burst into the convention and demanded that it be disbanded.

Some called the disruption, organized by elements in the American Colonization Society, a riot. Others called it the justified actions of the leaders of Utica, good "gentlemen of property and standing."

Deirdre Sinnottలesentation, "The Tumultuous Founding of the New York Anti-Slavery Society, Utica, 1835," an presentation with over 50 historical maps and images, explains what led up to the incident. Listeners will learn what the two main factions were fighting over in the struggle to end the "peculiar institution" of slavery. Sinnott explains how Utica௷n anti-abolition riot puts the politics of the young nation, headed inexorable toward a bloody Civil War, into sharp focus.

Her presentation is scalable to suit your needs.

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To contact Deirdre write to ds@deirdresinnott.com


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Deirdre Sinnott is an impressive speaker who gets her audience personally involved. She interacted freely with the audience, answering their questions and comments and soliciting their ideas, while skillfully maintaining focus on her message.
-- Phebe Eckfeldt
Harvard University, Division of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, AFSCME Local 3650

Deirdre Sinnott uses her life as a spring board to discuss addiction, sexual abuse and other problems young adults need to know they do not face alone.  She approaches her audience with emotion, sincerity, insight and, most importantly, humor.
-- Dr. Leonard Vogt
Professor Emeritus of English, LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York

I am happy to recommend Deirdre Sinnott enthusiastically as a speaker on the topics of prevention of and recovery from sexual abuse and recovery from substance abuse and addiction. She recently presented her work to a sophisticated audience of writers and other lovers of literature at The Phoenix Reading Series, which I coordinate and host. Her presentation was both very well-written and spoken and recounted an impressive triumph of self-control, good will, persistence and endurance.
-- Michael Graves
Author Adam and Cain
Host of The Phoenix Reading Series

I've seen Deirdre Sinnott perform her work and she knows how to reach, educate, and enthrall an audience. Her writing is funny and touching. She reveals intimacies with ease and has the conviction that tough topics, that adversely affect peoples lives, need to be brought into the public discourse. I recommend her to anyone who has a challenging issue that needs to be handled with warmth, sincerity, and smarts.
-- Vittoria repetto
Organizer of the Womenans௥try Jam host, Author Not Just a Personal Ad

Deirdre Sinnott is an excellent speaker, organizer and leader. She engineered a successful series of programs at our store that brought in new customers and helped local authors reach a wider audience. As master of ceremonies she was entertaining and her spoken-word performances were the backbone of the programs.
-- Sue Barnett
Hamish & Henry Booksellers




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