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New York City: A Social History (NYU Open Education). Instructor: Professor Daniel Walkowitz. New York City, growing

from the small Dutch commercial settlement of New Amsterdam early in the seventeenth century into a bustling multicultural city of more than 8 million and metropolis of more than 18 million by the twentieth century, is a place with many stories. This course will focus on the social history of the city -- the peoples who have built the city and competing efforts by different numbers to authorize their dreams for the city. As arguably the capital for global capitalism today, one focus of this course will seek to plot its development and legacy for the shaping of the city. A more particular and related local story will be studied as well, however: the political and cultural interests, ideologies and players who shape and reshape the city as Manhattan, as New York and as the Metropolis.

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – New York City Real and Imagined Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Establishment of a Dutch Colonial Imperial Commercial Base Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – The Myth and Realities of the Diversity and Tolerance Narrative Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – The English Sweet Tooth and the New York Slave Trade, 1690-1725 Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – The Origins of Homeland Security, the Zenger Affair and the “Negro Riot of 1741” Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Life in Pre-Revolutionary New York for the Poor and the Yankee Doodle Dandies Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – On the Nature of the Revolution in the Tory City Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Growth – Why Sewing Machines and Entrepreneurs are More Important than the War Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Fear in the Bustling Metropolis – Disease, Fires, Urban Squalor Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – The Naming of Things and the Presentness of the Past Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Reform – Lady Bountifuls, Presbyterianism and the Dangerous Classes Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – African Americans in Antebellum New York and New York Abolitionism Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – The Draft Riot of 1863 Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Push and Pull – Divers New Immigrants and the Cash Value of Racism Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Industrialization of Everyday Life and Work Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Conservative Reform and the New York Bourgeoisie in Gilded Age New York Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Conservative Reform and the New York Bourgeoisie in Gilded Age New York Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Transit, 1830-1950. Manure, Money and Malfeasance Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – The Making of Greenwich Village and Harlem – Alternative New Yorks, 1900-1930 Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Progressive Reform – How and Why Bobos Helped Hobos Learn to Fish Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Making the Socialist Republic of New York City in the New Deal City Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Postwar Cold War New York City and the Challenges to New York as a “Labor City” Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Fleeing the Fifties. The Geography of Race, Poverty and Settlement Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Race and the Struggle for Social Justice in the Sixties Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Backlash – Spatial and Ethnic Urban Political Realignments Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Multicultural New York at the End of the 20th Century Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – Neo-Liberal New York Unlimited

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