AHCC and the 19th Century Transformation of New England Society and Culture
At the beginning of the 19th century Hartford was a small town, almost all of whose citizens were deeply rooted in a shared history of descent from the Puritan immigrants of the 1630s. The city’s Congregationalists dominated politics, economics and social life, with an interlocking leadership dubbed the Standing Order. By 1850, Hartford was transformed into an industrial city with a population drawn from non-English and non-Protestant sources. By the end of the century, Congregationalists and other Protestants were a shrinking minority, but one that succeeded in projecting a new role for themselves as senior partners in a more diverse, but hierarchical, social order. All are welcome to come and hear about the important role AHCC played in this transformation.
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