Tricia A. Barbagallo

 

M.A., History, University at Albany
M.A., Public History, University at Albany

tbarbagallo@albany.edu

Most of my time is spent researching and analyzing the poor living in colonial Albany, New York, 1730 to 1820. My dissertation is a study of law and public policies enacted to support the poor, and it also applies social history as a methodology to determine the basis of the American welfare system. To better understand the causes of poverty, I am rebuilding the lives and families of each commoner on the city poor roll, and examining all parishioners on church poor rolls. I am analyzing the lives of debtors (merchants and Indian traders), many slaves, and many impoverished Iroquois Nations, all of who were supported by the State of New York. Also included in the study are soldiers, widows, and veterans, who were supported by Congressional pensions.

Tricia A. Barbagallo