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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 4
Urban Crisis: Disease, Crime, and Space


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 5, City People

Taught by: Kenneth T. Jackson

Description
E-Seminar Description
In City People, the fifth e-seminar in a series on the history of New York City, Professor Kenneth T. Jackson looks at New York City in the nineteenth century, focusing on developments and innovations in the city's social life and infrastructure and discussing how they changed the everyday life of New Yorkers. Over the course of a century in which its population rose from 100,000 to 3 million, New York was marked by the adoption of apartment-house living, the rise of the metropolitan press, the development of complex systems of public transportation, and the emergence of the department store, of shopping as a pastime, and of new forms of recreation, which included baseball, dining out at restaurants, and trips to Madison Square Garden, Coney Island, and various entertainment arenas.

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
•   Learn about the history of New York, one of the world's leading cities.

•   Appreciate the complex history behind newspapers, baseball, restaurants, transportation systems, department stores, and other features of everyday urban life that are now often taken for granted.


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Outline
1.Living
2.Newspapers
3.Department Stores and Restaurants
4.Recreation: Sports
5.Recreation: Coney Island
6.Transportation: First Solutions
7.Transportation: Subways
8.Conclusion

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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
Barth, Gunther Paul. City People: The Rise of Modern City Culture in Nineteenth-Century America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980).

Derrick, Peter. Tunneling to the Future: The Story of the Great Subway Expansion That Saved New York (New York: New York University Press, 2001).

Henkin, David M. City Reading: Written Words and Public Spaces in Antebellum New York (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998).

Hood, Clifton. 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993).

Kasson, John F. Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century (New York: Hill and Wang, 1978).

Leach, William. Land of Desire: Merchants, Power, and the Rise of a New American Culture (New York: Pantheon Books, 1993).

Warner, Sam Bass. Streetcar Suburbs: The Process of Growth in Boston, 1870–1900 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1962).



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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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