New York City: Capital of the World (HIST-381)

Lodgers in a crowded Bayard Street tenement - "Five cents a spot.”, ca. 1890. Image courtesy of Jacob A. Riis Collection, Museum of the City of New York

Instructor: Professor Czitrom

An intensive research seminar exploring the evolution of New York City from a remote outpost of the Dutch empire into the world capital of media, finance, immigration, and popular culture. Emphasis will be on NYC since the mid-nineteenth century and include consideration of the city's uneasy relationship with the larger nation. Each student will research and write an original work of history, based on primary and secondary sources, focused on a topic of her choice. The seminar will run in "workshop" mode, with each student presenting a rough draft of her paper for discussion by the seminar. A weekend trip to NYC is a strong possibility.

Highlight image:  Picket Girls on Duty, Tailor Strike, New York City, 1910. Image from the George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.