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The Burned Over District

Categories: Event, History, NYS History, Pomeroy Foundation, Religion

In this episode, co-hosts NYS Historian Devin Lander and Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts discuss the “Burned Over District,” and how upstate New York became a “cauldron” of emergent religions and alternative communities during the 19th century. How did the Burned Over District collide with state and national history? And what role did the Erie Canal play in establishing it? Devin and Lauren also discuss how these new religions contributed to the creation of alternative communities, such as the Ebenezers and the Oneida Community, and how this predication for communal living was revisited in New York during the 1960s.