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Book Talk: A Baptism of Fire: Lillian Wald, Henry Street Settlement, and the Lower East Side with Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier

Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

In March 1893, 26-year-old nurse Lillian Wald rushed through the gritty streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side to the bedside of a deathly ill woman. Hemorrhaging after childbirth, she’d been abandoned by her doctor because she could not pay her fee. Wald’s visit to the squalid apartment and the dismal scene she found there were what she called her “baptism of fire.” It awakened her to the depth of poverty and inequality on the Lower East Side, and inspired her to create Henry Street Settlement: a place of healing and action. This talk will focus on the early years of Wald’s enterprise, its place in New York City and the nation, and its enduring fight for social justice.

January 7th from 1 PM – 2 PM via Zoom

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Thursday, January 7, 2021
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm