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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 2
Colonial City: Revolutionary Battleground


E-Seminar 3
Urban Crisis: Fire and Water


E-Seminar 4
Urban Crisis: Disease, Crime, and Space


E-Seminar 5
City People


E-Seminar 6
Urban Crisis: Fire and Water


E-Seminar 7
Bosses of All Kinds


E-Seminar 8
The Reinvention of New York


The History of the City of New York
A Series of Eight E-Seminars
 
The History of the City of New York
E-Seminar 1, History as Destiny: The Case of New York City

Taught by: Kenneth T. Jackson

Description
E-Seminar Description
New York Historical Society President and eminent Columbia University historian Kenneth T. Jackson has been teaching a course on the history of New York City for over thirty years. In this series of online lectures, Jackson recreates the experience of his legendary Columbia University class with the complement of a wealth of documentary photographs, maps and other illustrative material.

In this first e-seminar of the series, Jackson, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, compares New York City to a variety of other American cities, and urban centers around the world, making the case for why New York is different. In laying out this argument, he looks at cities as a whole, at the specific reasons for their existence, and at their ability to sustain their importance over time. He also examines the different cultural forces that influenced the development of the oldest cities in the New World.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Acquire an appreciation for and a solid foundation of knowledge about the history of one of the world's greatest urban centers, New York City.

•    Understand the reasons that all cities develop where they do, and identify the forces that allow them to sustain their vitality over time. Develop a typology of functions that different cities fulfill.

•    Examine the major cultural traditions that influenced the development of cities in the New World (North America).

•    Evaluate the elements in the specific history of New York City that have contributed to its lasting greatness.

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Outline
1.American Cities—New York City in Context
2.New York Is—and Was— Different
3.Present Day Characteristics of New York City
4.New York City's Past Informs Its Future

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Kenneth T. Jackson is President of the New York Historical Society and is also the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University, where he has been a fixture for one-third of a century. Jackson is the author and editor of numerous publications. He was the editor-in-chief of the 1373-page Encyclopedia of New York City, published in 1995 by Yale University Press.

Although he has been the guest of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, Professor Jackson is most at home in the subways, back streets, and gritty neighborhoods of New York City, where he has been leading all-night bicycle rides, three-hour walking tours, and all-day bus trips for decades. At Columbia, he teaches courses in urban, social, and military history and can often be found in the gymnasium playing basketball with students. In 1993, Playboy magazine ranked him as one of the most popular professors in the nation. In 1999, the Society of Columbia Graduates chose Professor Jackson for its annual Great Teacher Award. In 2001, the New York Council for the Humanities selected him as the Council's Scholar of the Year.


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Recommended Reading
Burrows, Edwin G., and Mike Wallace. Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Jackson, Kenneth T., ed. The Encyclopedia of New York City. New Haven: Yale University Press; New York: New-York Historical Society, 1995.

Jacobs, Jane. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Random House, 1961; New York: Modern Library, 1993.

Wright, Carol (Carol von Pressentin). "New York: Atlas of Manhattan, Maps, and Plans." In Blue Guide New York. 2d ed. London: A & C Black; New York: Norton, 1991.


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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
128 MB of RAM (256 MB or more recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
128 MB of RAM (256 MB or more recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)


*Note: This e-seminar is optimized for high bandwidth connections.

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