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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
History as Destiny: The Case of New York City


E-Seminar 2
Colonial City: Revolutionary Battleground


E-Seminar 3
Urban Crisis: Fire and Water


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 4, Urban Crisis: Disease, Crime, and Space

Taught by: Kenneth T. Jackson

Description
E-Seminar Description
In this fourth in a series of eight e-seminars, Kenneth T. Jackson, Professor of History at Columbia University and President of the New-York Historical Society, describes how enterprising New Yorkers in the nineteenth century solved some of the problems they encountered as so many people settled on the rather small piece of land that is New York City. He examines the importance that these New Yorkers attached to public space and focuses on the creation of Central Park. He discusses the creation of the Metropolitan Board of Health, the implementation of health and sanitary regulations as a response to outbreaks of cholera, and the founding of the New York City Police Department.

For more than three decades, Professor Jackson has taught a legendary course on the history of New York City. In this series of e-seminars, he recreates the classroom experience at Columbia. The series includes a wealth of documentary and archival photography, interactive maps, and other illustrative material.

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 knowledge about and appreciation for the history of one of the world's greatest cities, New York City.

•   Understand the complexities behind features of urban life (many of them now taken for granted), such as parks, public health regulations, and law enforcement.

•   Appreciate the solutions that New Yorkers throughout the city's history have found to the various urban problems that confront the city.

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Outline
1.Parks
2.Central Park
3.Public Health
4.Crime and Public Order
5.The Draft Riots

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Kenneth T. Jackson is the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University, where he has taught for more than three decades. The president of the New-York Historical Society, Professor Jackson is the editor of The Encyclopedia of New York City (1995) and the author of numerous books. He has been the guest of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace but is most at home in the streets, subways, and neighborhoods of New York City, where for many years he has led all-night bicycle rides, three-hour walking tours, and all-day bus trips. When he is not in the classroom at Columbia teaching courses in urban, social, and military history, he can sometimes be found in the gymnasium playing basketball with students. In 1993 Playboy magazine named him one of the most popular professors in the United States, and in 1999 he was the recipient of the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. The New York Council for the Humanities named him Scholar of the Year in 2001.

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Recommended Reading
Jackson, Kenneth T., and Camilo J. Vergara. Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1989.

Jackson, Kenneth T., and Stanley K. Schultz, eds. Cities in American History. New York: Knopf, 1972.

Kowsky, Francis R. Country, Park, and City: The Architecture and Life of Calvert Vaux. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

McDonald, Brian. My Father's Gun: One Family, Three Badges, One Hundred Years in the NYPD. New York: Dutton, 1999.

Miller, Wilbur R. Cops and Bobbies: Police Authority in New York and London, 1830–1870. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1999.

Rosenberg, Charles E. The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962.

Rosenzweig, Roy, and Elizabeth Blackmar. The Park and the People: A History of Central Park. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1992.

Rybczynski, Witold. A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Scribner, 1999.


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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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